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Sessions: Rubio’s Recollection of Gang of Eight Isn’t What I Remember


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On Monday’s “Mark Levin Show,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) disputed Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) claims regarding the passage battle of the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration bill.

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After he was asked about the Gang of Eight bill, Sessions said that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with him and others, opposed the bill, and offered amendments to try and kill the bill. He added that Cruz was effective in lobbying members of the House against the bill.

Sessions further stated that he doesn’t remember Rubio’s recollection that the House was going to improve the Gang of Eight bill, and that he voiced criticisms of the bill’s inability to pass the House. Sessions said that he didn’t think there would be much change of the bill in the House and that it was on the verge of passage in the House and was “very worried” that the bill would pass because it had “real momentum.” And the Gang of Eight had a campaign like a presidential campaign to pass the bill. He further added that the Gang of Eight resisted changes to the bill in the Senate.

Sessions also vowed that any nominee to replace deceased Justice Antonin Scalia would not be moved through the Senate, and argued against even holding hearings on a Scalia replacement. He further added that Donald Trump “hit a home run” with him by mentioning Judge Bill Pryor as a potential Supreme Court pick. Sessions also praised Trump’s positions on immigration and trade.

He also said he’s “a big admirer” of Cruz and praised his stances on trade and immigration. But that only Trump has answered questions he has about trade, immigration, and crime to his satisfaction.

Sessions further commented on the intelligence leading up to the Iraq War, saying that he doesn’t believe the American people were lied to, and the intelligence at the time was that Iraq did have weapons of mass destructions. He added that he would be “more modest” in his belief regarding what the US military could accomplish in the Middle East.

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