The Immorality of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions

The Immorality of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Disclosure: In 1999, I had an encounter with the current United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions when a car pulled out in front of me causing a two-car wreck. The wreck occurred at night, in Mobile, AL and the Sessions were trailing behind me in their car. When the police arrived on the scene, I asked the Alabama Attorney General Sessions to serve as my witness on the police report, which he did. The A.G. and his wife were even kind enough to give me a ride home after my car was towed away. As a U.S. Senator (R-AL), I began sharing my essays with his office (2007).

Over the years, I got my share of generic letters back from him, but nothing to show off or hang on the wall. In 2012, I wrote to him in desperation when I found myself, seven hours from home and, sitting in a Georgia jail for three months and facing a very serious charge at the hands of an overzealous Georgia state trooper who was looking to railroad me into a Georgia prison. I addressed one letter to Senator Sessions while copying him on the next three. After telling my story of mental illness and my arrest, he didn’t even bother to write back.

July 21, 2017

The Immorality of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions

By

Ted Burnett

 “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”

– Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

34th President of the United States and Army General

The inspiration behind this piece was being reminded that our new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions intends to pursue the seizure of private property by law enforcement during raids and police stops. Is this constitutional? Is it good policy? This is a reversal in policy by the Obama Administration who stopped the practice because of police abuses. This is coming from a man who appeared to have lied over his involvement in the Trump Presidential Campaign and whether or not Sessions had any meetings with Russian officials during his own Senate Confirmation hearing for the position of United States Attorney General.

When asked, Sessions told the committee that he never met with any Russian officials. It later turned out that then Senator Sessions met with and/or spoke to the Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak on two occasions including once while in his Senate office. I suspect Democrat members on the Senate Judiciary Committee already knew the answer to their questions before asking the Senator while he was under oath. Did the Judiciary committee let him off the hook?

When United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions was recently taken to the woodshed by President Trump in a July 20, 2017 interview, with The New York Times, over his decision to recuse himself from the Russians’ involvement in the 2016 United States Presidential election some of Sessions’ former Alabama constituents including myself thought he ought to resign from the Justice Department after this latest public scolding, which wasn’t the first time Trump took his complaints to the media over keeping them in-house.

When Sessions appeared before the press announcing his [or “we] plans to stay” at the Justice Department the same morning that the Trump interview broke in the media and how he [we] loves the office, I thought his use of “we” over “I” was a defense mechanism in an attempt to protect himself from the press and the president? Was “we” referring to himself and his wife or did [we] have a mouse in his pocket? It was a weird use of a pronoun and so strategically placed. He made no mention of the fact that he serves at the pleasure of the president. Sessions smells a little too desperate for the job of U.S.A.G.

His constant need to be tough on crime whether it’s as a federal prosecutor that cost him a federal judgeship by the same Senate Judiciary Committee back in the 1980’s or as the Alabama attorney general or now as the United States Attorney General begs the question, why? Where is this behavior of his coming from? I’m always suspicious of these types. My guess is that he’s heard one too many fire and brimstone sermons on “good and bad” and “heaven and hell”.

Where only Christians attend church, where the cops and prosecutors are all good and if your being prosecuted or you’re sitting in jail you must be guilty because he sure as hell won’t take the time to write you back if you desperately need help and you’re sitting in some county jail in middle Georgia. You’re on your own my friend! I speak from experience. The system is full of innocence people facing “tough on crime” prosecutors and politicians who care more about convictions and getting reelected than justice. After pleading out to a lesser charge in State court, I learned from a famous Georgia trial lawyer, Bobby Lee Cook, after reading my story that I “suffered a wholesale violation of [my] constitutional rights” (2014). I’m sure that I’m not alone.

Sources:

My slow-speed chase through Georgia;  www.tedburnett.com/a-low-speed-chase-through-georgia/

Washington Post — https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-greenlights-police-to-increase-seizures-of-cash-and-property-from-suspected-criminals/2017/07/19/3522a9ba-6c99-11e7-96ab-5f38140b38cc_story.html?utm_term=.91cda4ef6434

Wikipedia – Dwight D. Eisenhower; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower

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About Ted Burnett:

I’m an American thought leader and pioneer on the subjects of human, organizational and societal development and health. I write about the role that integrity, dignity, sanity play, as well as, on the topics of spirituality, faith, freedom, happiness, problem solving and risk taking. I produce and deliver original, world-class commentaries on business, political, social and spiritual matters to a global audience of world leaders, chief executives and key decision makers, top faculty and notables in the fields of academia, banking, business, foundations, government (including heads of state, lawmakers and governors), healthcare, media, non-profits and policy institutes. Website: www.tedburnett.com

 

 Ted Burnett: I'm an American thought leader and pioneer on the subjects of human, organizational and societal development and health. I write about the role that integrity, dignity, sanity play, as well as, on the topics of spirituality, faith, freedom, happiness, problem solving and risk taking. I produce and deliver original, world-class commentaries on business, political, social and spiritual matters to a global audience of world leaders, chief executives and key decision makers, top faculty and notables in the fields of academia, banking, business, foundations, government (including heads of state, lawmakers and governors), healthcare, media, non-profits and policy institutes. Website: www.tedburnett.com