Sessions versus Trump

US Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions has indicated a number of differences with policies as stated by Donald Trump when appearing at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Trump: pledged to bring back waterboarding, “and a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding”


“Congress has taken an action now that makes it absolutely improper and illegal to use waterboarding or any other form of torture.”

“So many people truly believe, think that the military conducted waterboarding. They never conducted any waterboarding. That was by intelligence agencies. Their rules were maintained. I used to teach the Geneva Conventions and the rules of warfare as an Army Reservist to my personnel, and the military did not do that.”

Muslim ban

Trump called for call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”


“I have no belief and do not support the idea that Muslims as a religious group should be denied admission to the United States,” Sessions said at the hearing. “We have great Muslim citizens who have contributed in so many different ways.”

Asked by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) if he would support a law barring Muslims from entering the United States, Sessions responded: “No.”

Russian election hacking

“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the Trump team has said. Trump called news of the Russian hacking “a political witch hunt.” he called on the country to “move on” from discussion of the hacking.

Sessions of the FBI conclusions: “I am sure it was honorably reached.”

He called the hacking “significant event.”

Asked if he believed the conclusion of the intelligence agencies:

“I have no reason to doubt that and have no evidence that would indicate otherwise.”

Source: Politico Where Sessions broke with Trump

Who calls the shots on things like this, the Attorney General or the President? I presume to Attorney General has to abide by the laws as determined by the politicians.