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11-19-2016, 03:33 PM
Libertarian congressman pans Trump's choice of Sessions


At least one Republican has joined with Democrats to criticize President-elect Trump's choice of Jeff Sessions to lead the Justice Department. On Friday afternoon, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., tweeted that he was "deeply concerned" about the pick.

"Unlike the CIA director, the [Attorney General] has a lot of independent policy authority and prosecutorial discretion. I'm deeply concerned about Sessions," Amash tweeted Friday.

That reproach from the consistently prickly Michigan libertarian isn't unprecedented. But the rebuke is notable because of its author and timing. While the relevance of the Freedom Caucus comes into question and Republicans fall over themselves to compliment the incoming executive, Amash is being critical.


Amash's office could not be reached for further comment. But it's not hard to detail some of the broad stroke difference that he has with Sessions. The Alabama nominee for attorney general opposes an overhaul of prison sentences and embraces the ongoing war on drugs, both issues on which Amash disagrees.


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