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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

REP. LIEU SENDS LETTER REGARDING CONDUCT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS TO ALABAMA STATE BAR

July 12, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) wrote to the Alabama State Bar (ASB) Office of General Counsel highlighting possible violations of the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct, which govern the behavior of all lawyers admitted to the ASB. The letter discusses Mr. Sessions’ possible violation of the terms of his recusal regarding any matters related to the 2016 campaigns, false statements under oath during his confirmation hearings, and possible conflict of interest violations. Specifically, Mr. Lieu cites Rules 1.11 (“Successive Government and Private Employment”), 3.3 (“Candor Towards the Tribunal”), and 8.4 (“Misconduct”).

In the letter, Mr. Lieu writes:

“As a Member of Congress serving on the Judiciary Committee, I believe respect for the rule of law and proper oversight of our judicial system are vital to a healthy democracy. Therefore, I would like to call your attention to several actions taken by Attorney General Sessions that appear to have violated Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct 1.11 (“Successive Government and Private Employment”), 3.3 (“Candor Towards the Tribunal”), and 8.4 (“Misconduct”).  I respectfully request this letter be included for the record in any potential existing or future investigation into Attorney General Sessions.”

“It is deeply disturbing that Mr. Comey’s firing – in which Mr. Sessions played a role by crafting a cover letter for Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s memo urging Mr. Comey’s firing – appears to have been based, in part, on Mr. Comey’s handling of the ongoing FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.”

FULL TEXT OF MR. LIEU’S LETTER

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