Urge the Senate to postpone any vote on Jeff Sessions for Attorney General until he can be questioned about the Administration’s Muslim Exclusion order and reorganization of the National Security Council (NSC) to include Steve Bannon. Over the weekend, the administration took two unusual and potentially unlawful acts. First, the President signed an order barring Muslims from 7 different countries from entering the United States. Second, and equally frightening, the White House unilaterally (and potentially unlawfully) reorganized the NSC. This reorganization promotes White House adviser and white nationalist hero Steve Bannon to a permanent seat while demoting the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence to “optional” participants. These developments have been criticized by members of both parties. Senator John McCain notably cited the White House’s reorganization of the NSC as “radical.”
As Attorney General, Sessions would play a key role in how our country implements these executive orders and would also occupy a seat on the NSC. He also reportedly had a significant role in drafting the Muslim exclusion. It would be an abdication of Congress’ responsibility to provide adequate oversight to executive branch appointments if it does not question Sessions about both his role in crafting and implementing these orders as well as the Administration’s radical departure from the practice of excluding political advisers from NSC seats.