Sessions Rebukes DOJ Interns' Anti-Police, Pro-Pot Questions

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

With a look of annoyance on his face, Sessions flatly replied: "Well, that may be the view in Berkeley, but it's not the view in most places in the country".

The video, obtained by ABC News via the Freedom of Information Act, features Sessions taking questions on marijuana, gun control, police brutality and more.

The intern went on to explain that this wasn't just an issue at Berkeley, and he pointed an incident in Columbus, Ohio, where an officer was caught on video stomping on a restrained suspect's head.

There has been a recent surge in crime rates in big cities such as Baltimore, Nashville, Tulsa and Little Rock, according to The Daily Caller.

Also during the event, another intern asked Sessions why he supports cracking down on legalized marijuana, which she noted killed vastly fewer people each year than legal firearms.

Coincidentally, the video's release occurred on the same day as the sentencing of former SC police officer Michael Slager, who will serve 20 years in prison for fatally shooting Walter Scott in the back as he fled a traffic stop in April 2015. Sessions told one intern who asked why he favored stricter controls on marijuana than guns. Slager pleaded guilty in May to federal civil rights violations.

Sessions states the obvious, noting that it's an apples to oranges comparison and referencing the Second Amendment, "You're aware of that?" he quipped. "[It] guarantees the right for the american people to keep and bear arms and I intend to defend that second amendment. That's my basic philosophical view about it".

Sessions starts laughing at the intern's question before she can finish. "I believe last year was the first year that automobile accidents that occurred were found to have been caused more by drugs than by alcohol".

Watch below to see the full exchange between Sessions and the DOJ intern who questioned his stance on marijuana.

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A Justice Department spokeswoman, in a statement, said the event allowed students "to have robust conversations - even debates - about the challenges facing our country with the attorney general", adding the department is "proud to provide hundreds of law students and undergraduates the opportunity to work with some of the finest lawyers in the country", ABC News reported. "I don't." Sessions, rather dismissively, called her "Dr. Whatever-Your-Name-Is", and told her "you can write the AMA and see why they think otherwise".