Jeff Sessions Getting Disbarred Due to Letter of Complaint Is Fake News
By Erica Abbott
Reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to be disbarred from the Alabama State Bar Association due to a letter of complaint that was signed by thousands of attorneys is false. While a letter of complaint was filed against Sessions, he has not been disbarred as a result.
According to Snopes, the fake claim was published on several disreputable news websites. The articles claimed that the complaint was filed as a result of Sessions’ professional misconduct. It purported:
A group of attorneys from across America have just filed a complaint with the Bar Association against Trump’s Attorney General Sen. Jeff Sessions.
According to the complaint, Sessions has already committed four different types of professional misconduct during his time as Attorney General.
The Alabama Reporter wrote, “Almost 2,000 attorneys from across the US have signed on to a complaint addressed to the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Committee asking that Attorney General Jeff Session be disbarred from the Alabama State Bar.”
It is true a complaint against Sessions was signed by 2,000 attorneys from across the U.S., filed by Lawyers for Good Government and submitted to the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Commission. The complaint cited four types of professional misconduct by Sessions, including:
(1) An affirmative misrepresentation of fact under oath during testimony in Mr. Sessions’ Senate confirmation process, specifically to a question propounded by Senator Al Franken.(2) During Mr. Sessions’ US Senate confirmation hearing, failure to disclose significant facts material to an issue of national significance, that is, contacts with the Russian government during the presidential election.(3) Perjury committed during Mr. Sessions’ Senate confirmation hearing.(4) As Attorney General, withholding information about his own discussions with a representative of the Russian government, all while overseeing investigations into Russian interference with the US electoral process and Trump-Russia ties.
A similar ethics complaint was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which asked the Alabama State Bar to investigate a potential rules violation on the grounds that Sessions made false statements during sworn testimony. “Few events are more corrosive to a democracy than having the Attorney General make false statements under oath about a matter the Justice Department is investigating,” said Christopher Anders, deputy director of the ACLU’s legislative office.
Neither complaint has resulted in Sessions’ disbarment, however. The complaint filed by Lawyers for Good Government seeks to disbar Sessions from the Alabama State Bar Association, but no such action has been taken.
Earlier this month, Sessions recused himself from investigations into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election given his previous contact with the Russian ambassador to the United States. He had previously testified under oath during his confirmation hearing that he “did not have communications with the Russians.”
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