Attorney General Jeff Sessions Once Again Shows His Contempt for Transparency

by Christopher Anders, Deputy Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office – Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, is once again playing fast and loose with the law. In addition to investigating Sessions for allegedly perjuring himself during his Senate confirmation hearing and possibly having a role in obstructing justice in the firing of FBI Director James Comey, special counsel Robert Mueller will also have to investigate Sessions for any crimes in making a false statement in his security clearance application. On June 12, a judge ordered Sessions’s Justice Department to release a security clearance form that detailed his contacts with the Russian government within 30 days to a watchdog group, American Oversight. The group sued under the Freedom of Information Act in April for the information. The deadline for releasing the part of the form, known as an SF-86, was yesterday, July 12. Initially, NPR reported that the Justice Department...

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