Chuck Grassley SLAMS Jeff Sessions For Failing To Support Sentencing Reform

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 15, 2018

In January, Gardner, a Republican and Colorado's junior senator, said he's placing a hold on DOJ nominees after Sessions withdrew a federal policy called the Cole memo which stopped federal prosecutors from interfering with marijuana sales in states where it's legal.

"In recent years, convicted drug traffickers and other violent criminals have received significant sentencing breaks from the federal courts and the United States Sentencing Commission".

Sessions also said that "effective enforcement" of current gun laws, and "focusing on criminals and risky people, mentally ill people" could reduce gun violence.

We reached out to Gardner's office, and a spokesman said Gardner "appreciates the positive conversations he continues to have with Department of Justice".

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed guests at a sold-out event at the Union League of Philadelphia honoring him with the Lincoln Award. An OMB spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment. It's worth watching the video of Sessions' speech, but mostly to see the look of comic incredulity on his face when he talks about "reversing federal law against marijuana".

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Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior declined to comment, but a person familiar with the matter confirmed that the letter was reviewed by the White House before it was sent to Grassley.

Gardner will release holds on 12 US attorney nominees, the head of the national security division and USA marshals in every federal district. Our nominee to lead the National Security Division was approved unanimously in committee.

"When parents once again go to sleep fearful that their kids will not be safe, even when they go to school-parents have told me in gang-infested neighborhoods that children can no longer stand at the bus stop by themselves, they take turns, parents do, of being out there every morning and afternoon", he said. "But because right now one senator's concerns over unrelated issues like reversing federal law against marijuana, we can not even get a vote". Safety and security are just too important.

He is a champion of mandatory minimum sentences that many say disproportionately affect minority communities and wrongfully incarcerate low-level offenders for lengthy sentences.

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