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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Statement Following AG Jeff Sessions’ Appearance Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday for his first oversight hearing since being installed as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer in February.  During the hearing Senators pressed the Attorney General about potential collusion between the Department of Justice and the highly controversial, so-called Election Integrity Commission.  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is leading litigation against the Commission and its violation of key government transparency laws, which was also the subject of a separate Senate inquiry to the Department of Justice this week.

Updates from the Lawyers’ Committee

Blog September 28, 2017

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on the Nomination of Eric Dreiband to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised next week to vote on the nomination of Eric Dreiband to serve as Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has issued several statements regarding the importance of the Civil Rights Division and raising concern about Mr. Dreiband’s record on key civil rights matters. Report on Eric Dreiband July 2017 Dreiband Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee September 5, 2017 Statement on Eric Dreiband September 6, 2017 The HILL Op-Ed: Senators, take a closer look at Trump’s Civil Rights Division pick September 13, 2017

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Revealed: Trump Adviser’s Secret Voting Plan

October 10, 2017

In Case You Missed It: Kristen Clarke joined Ari Melber to discuss new documents EXPOSING #KrisKobach’s secret voting plan.      

Background Checks for Voting?: Inside the Trump Election Commission’s Contentious Second Meeting

September 27, 2017

We also speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The organization has filed a complaint against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Group urges Senate to probe DOJ link to Trump voter fraud commission

September 21, 2017

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, urged the senators in a statement to “closely examine evidence” that DOJ’s Civil Rights Division is engaged in collusion with the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. “The goals of the Commission are fully antithetical to the mission of the Division, which is charged with fighting — not promoting — voter suppression,” she said.

Kris Kobach Defends Using A Private Email For Government Business

September 19, 2017

Ezra Rosenberg, co-director of the voting rights project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which is suing the commission for failing to disclose documents, said all members of the commission should be issued a government email address. “We have sued the Commission to insure that all of its documents are disclosed to the public, as required by law. Secretary Kobach cannot hide his communications by using his private email account. This shows why every member of the Commission must be issued a federal email account and that account must be used for all communications concerning the Commission,” Rosenberg said in a statement.

The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar's leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity - work that continues to be vital today.

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