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Statement of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Response to Confirmation of Jeff Sessions to Serve as Attorney General of the United States

For Immediate Release February 8, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement:

“We are disappointed that the Senate chose to turn a blind eye to Jeff Sessions’ long record of hostility to civil rights.  We intend to be relentless in holding this Justice Department accountable.  The attorney general has an obligation and duty to protect the civil rights of all Americans.  We will not allow the Justice Department to abandon this important work now.”

About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Formed over 50 years ago, we continue our quest of “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and community development; economic justice; voting; education; and criminal justice.  For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.        

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