In answers to follow-up questions after his Senate confirmation hearing, attorney general-designate Jeff Sessions said he played no role in writing or reviewing a series of controversial Trump executive orders on immigration.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, sent Sessions a list of questions last weekend, as protests grew over the president’s temporary moratorium on non-American entry from seven terror-troubled countries. She wanted to know whether Sessions, whom some have called the “intellectual godfather” of Trump immigration policy, played any role in the executive orders.
“Did you read, review, provide legal analysis, or provide any other comments regarding the following executive orders before they were issued?” Feinstein asked Sessions, listing Trump orders on border security, interior enforcement, and the moratorium. “If so, please describe in detail what role you played with regard to each executive order. Also, please provide copies of any documents reflecting your input regarding the content of the orders.”
Sessions sent back a one-word answer: “No.”