Interns' Questions on LGBT Rights and More Throw Jeff Sessions Off Balance

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Another intern asked Sessions why he supports "pretty harsh policies for marijuana and pretty lax gun control laws" when "statistically guns kill significantly more people than marijuana does".

Courtney Hagle, a student at Boston University, also asked Sessions about LGBT rights, given that the Trump White House had nor proclaimed June LGBT Pride Month - something that President Barack Obama did every year.

"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", he said. "That's my basic philosophical view about it".

"Well, the second amendment, you're aware of that?"

"People didn't seem to mind really hammering tobacco, which is a long-term health problem for people", he said, "but I think likewise we should be talking about some of the dangers of marijuana as we go forward".

"We need doctors to get better informed", he said.

He asked the intern whether she believed that, to which she responded, "uhhh..." Litteral added, "If Jeff Sessions wants to criticize my experience or a progressive institution that's doing a terrific job on behalf of people and especially communities of color then I'm completely fine with his criticism".

"I grew up in a project to a single mother", said one intern, who attends the University of California, Berkeley. The student said that the people they were afraid of were not necessarily their neighbors, but the police.

"Well, that may be the view in Berkeley, but it's not the view in most places", Sessions said.

The intern chimed in, "That's the view in Columbus, Ohio...where the police just recently stomped a person's head".

That said, in October, the department reversed course from the previous administration, arguing in court that transgender people were not covered by civil rights protections. "And when a police officer violates those rights and we have federal charges that we can bring, we're going to bring them".

During a question-and-answer session between Justice Department interns and Sessions over the summer, the attorney general mocked and derided an intern that dared question part of that agenda.

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