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I think the last poll I saw on this issue, on sanctuary cities, was somewhere in the 80 percent that American people don't support sanctuary cities, they don't want their tax dollars used to finance people who are in this country illegally.feedback
Mar 28 2017 Sanctuary cities
Jeff Sessions has been quoted 111 times. The one recent article where Jeff Sessions has been quoted is Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeats Trump threat that ‘sanctuary cities’ could lose Justice Department grants - The Washington Post. Most recently, Jeff Sessions was quoted as having said, “That would be such a mistake. I would plead with the state of Maryland. It is not good policy.”.
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I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that's only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.feedback

I will promote that nationwide. When I met in my communities, the people in those communities pleaded with us to have more police and do a better job of getting thugs off the street. I still go through there 30 years later and see the progress that was made.feedback

Preventing and responding to terrorism at home encompasses thousands of national security personnel across the federal government – in effect, we admit individuals at risk for terrorism and then try to identify and stop them from carrying out their terrorist activities. This places unacceptable stress on our law enforcement resources, which could be better spent on other efforts to weaken those terrorist organizations, protect the homeland, and safeguard our national security.feedback

At present, more than 300 persons who came to the United States as refugees are under FBI investigation for potential terrorism-related activities.feedback

The people in those communities were pleading with us to. . .get the thugs off the street. We didn't talk about the campaign.feedback

I've heard people say we could solve our heroin problem with marijuana. How stupid is that? Give me a break!feedback

I did not mention communications I had had with the Russian Ambassador over the years because the question did not ask about them.feedback

My answer was correct. This should not be taken as any evidence of the existence of any such investigation or its scope.feedback

Suffice it to say that the scope of my recusal is consistent with the applicable regulations, which I have considered and to which I have adhered.feedback

We also know that people seeking to support or commit terrorist attacks here will try to enter through our refugee program. In fact, today more than 300 people who came here as refugees are under FBI investigation for potential terrorism-related activities.feedback

As a matter of federal policy – which can be adjusted at any time – millions of low-wage foreign workers are legally made available to substitute for higher-paid Americans.feedback

Three of these nations are state sponsors of terrorism. The other three have served as safe havens for terrorists – countries where the government has lost control of territory to terrorist groups like Isil or al-Qaeda and its affiliates.feedback

The memorandum changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau's ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system. Therefore, I direct the Bureau to return to its previous approach.feedback

He "did not have communications with the Russians. I think it was an honest answer. I thought I was responding exactly to that question. I don't have any idea, Tucker. You'd have to ask them.feedback

If something else comes up that's not related to the campaign, we would go through the same process – to see if I should not be involved in the case.feedback

In retrospect, I should have slowed down and said, But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times.feedback

I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn't have, did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it.feedback

People are bringing forth evidence, and there are congressional committees that are investigating that, and I believe the truth will come out. It usually does.feedback

I have now decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matter relating in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States. He "did not have communications with the Russians. Let me be clear. I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign. And the idea that I was part of a quote, continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government' is totally false. That is the question that Senator Franken asked me at the hearing.feedback

I do not believe that this pop in crime – this increase in crime – is necessarily an aberration, a one-time blip.feedback

It is crucial to our system of justice that we demand the truth. I fear that an acquittal of this president will weaken the legal system by providing an option for those who consider being less than truthful in court. Whereas the handling of the case against President Nixon clearly strengthened the nation's respect for law, justice and truth, the Clinton impeachment may unfortunately have the opposite result.feedback

I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign and those remarks are unbelievable to me and false and I don't have anything else to say about that.feedback

This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation. I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign, and those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false. And I don't have anything else to say about that.feedback

He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign – not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee.feedback

It is crucial to our system of justice that we demand the truth. I fear that an acquittal of this President will weaken the legal system by providing an option for those who consider being less than truthful in court. Several of the President-elect's nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?feedback

In America, the Supreme Court and the American people believe no one is above the law. The president has gotten himself into this fix that is very serious.feedback

The man wanted access to talk about something. This is very important to people, and they have an agenda. They wouldn't be asking for access for nothing.feedback

That's a total abandonment of her responsibility, of course. The FBI Director can make a recommendation to her, but she's the one that decides whether or not to bring a case before the grand jury. So I didn't like that. I didn't like the meeting that you mentioned on the airplane. It put Comey in a position that he had to make this announcement.feedback

This whole problem with Russia is really disastrous for America, for Russia and for the world.feedback

I think an argument can be made there is no reason for the U.S. and Russia to be at this loggerheads. Somehow, someway we ought to be able to break that logjam. Strategically it's not justified for either country. It may not work. Putin may not be able to be dealt with, but I don't condemn his instincts that we ought to attempt to do that.feedback

I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.feedback

When it comes to issues and messaging and policy, there isn't anybody else that I've known that would be as valuable to a presidential campaign as he. Maybe other than Karl Rove.feedback

I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I didn't have – did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it.feedback

We need, so far as we can, to help police departments get better, not diminish their effectiveness. And I'm afraid we've done some of that.feedback

I have not read those reports, frankly. I've read summaries of them. And some of it was pretty anecdotal and not so scientifically based. You have 800,000 police in America. I imagine a city of 800,000 people, there's going to be some crime in it. Some people are going to make errors and do wrong things.feedback

I don't think America will be a better place when more people, especially young people, smoke pot.feedback

I would recuse myself from anything that I should recuse myself on. That's all I can tell you.feedback

We are a nation that is a diverse constituency, and we don't need these kind of activities.feedback

You can't sue somebody for a drug debt. The only way to get your money is through strong-arm tactics, and violence tends to follow that.feedback

Experts are telling me there's more violence around marijuana than one would think. I am definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana. But states, they can pass the laws they choose. I would just say, it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.feedback

The FBI and the Justice Department have to remain independent, and they will do so. But not every contact is improper.feedback

Congress, state legislatures and local governments are in a position to adopt appropriate policies or laws addressing this issue.feedback

There's a perception, not altogether unjustified, that the Civil Rights Division, goes beyond fair and balanced treatment.feedback

We have a crime problem….. This is a dangerous, permanent trend that places the health and safety of the American people at risk. We will deploy the talents and abilities of the Department of Justice in the most effective way possible to confront this rise in crime and to protect the people of this country.feedback

It's not so much the attorney general's job to decide what laws to enforce. We should do our job and enforce laws effectively as we are able.feedback

Denigrating people who disagree with us, I think, is not a healthy trend for our body.feedback

Mr. President, I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate. I ask leave of the Senate to continue my remarks.feedback

You simply have to help the president do things that he might desire in a lawful way and have to be able to say no, both for the country, for the legal system and for the president, to avoid situations that are not acceptable.feedback

None. Neither I, nor any of my current staff, had such a role.feedback

But if the views the president wants to execute are unlawful, should the attorney general or the deputy attorney general say 'no?feedback

You have to watch out because people will be asking you to do things you just need to say 'no' about. Do you think the attorney general has the responsibility to say no to the president if he asks for something that's improper? A lot of people have defended the [Loretta] Lynch nomination, for example, by saying, Well [Obama] appoints somebody who's going to execute his views. What's wrong with that?feedback

It is a difficult thing for a city to be sued by the Department of Justice and to be told that your police department is systematically failing to serve the people of the state or the city. So they often feel forced to agree to a consent decree just to remove that stigma. And sometimes there are difficulties there, so I just think we need to be careful and respectful of the parties.feedback

The "idea that Muslims as a religious group should be denied admission to the United States.feedback

I was accused in 1986 of failing to protect the voting rights of African-Americans […] and of condemning civil rights advocates and organizations and even harbouring, amazingly, sympathies for the KKK. These are damnably false charges. I abhor the Klan and what it represents and its hateful ideology.feedback

We need to be sure that when we criticize law officers, it is narrowly focused on the right basis for criticism. To smear whole departments places those officers at greater risk.feedback

It wasn't accurate then. I know we need to do better, we can never go back. I am totally committed to maintaining the freedom and equality that this country has to provide to every citizen, I can assure you. He "understands the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters. I have witnessed it.feedback

Ll recuse myself from any Clinton-related investigations. I believe the proper thing to do would be to recuse myself from anything involving those investigations related to Secretary Clinton raised on the campaign trail.feedback

We must continue to move forward and never back. I understand the demands for justice and fairness made by our LGBT community. I will ensure that the statutes protecting their rights and their safety are fully enforced. I understand the lifelong scars born by women who are victims of assault and abuse.feedback

I do not support the idea that Muslims should be denied entry to the United States.feedback

The office of the Attorney General of the United States is not a political position, and anyone who holds it must have total fidelity to the laws and the Constitution of the United States.feedback

These trends cannot continue. It is a fundamental civil right to be safe in your home and your community.feedback

You know who I am. You know what I believe in. You know that I am a man of my word and can be trusted to do what I say I will do. You know that I revere our Constitution and am committed to the rule of law. And you know that I believe in fairness, impartiality, and equal justice under the law.feedback

I think we are at a point now where this 100-to-1 disparity that does fall heavier on the African-American community simply because that is where crack is most often used has got to be fixed.feedback

Under Donald Trump, this left-right business coalition thing is not going to work.feedback

I am glad we are no longer utilizing waterboarding. I hope we never have to do it again.feedback

He's got to wrestle in his own heart, how does he communicate who he is, what he believes, the change he thinks he can bring to America, why what he's doing is fulfilling the desires of the American people.feedback

I have people come up to me all the time and say 'Why don't you, if you want to find out where those 30,000 emails are, why don't you ask the Russians?feedback

I am open to the details. I agree that, somehow, some way, we should be able to make this work.feedback

They can use bombs. They can use other thing to kill people in the United States, as we all know. We are not going to eliminate guns in America, so people will be able to get a gun if they choose, and they can shoot people.feedback

I've heard nothing but positive about this. People in the Senate say this is going to relieve a lot of people.feedback

We can and will unite all Republicans. Let's welcome back our Independents and our Reagan Democrats.feedback

It was obvious to me from Day One (that) this is a delicate issue legally and you gotta be really careful with it. We talked with the State Department. We made recommendations that got accepted. And then there was no more complaints, I understood, at the time.feedback

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