Sessions pressed on insufficient minorities in his staff

Account highlights Sessions acknowledged he lacks a single black senior employee

Lawmakers asked about voter ID laws and regulations, criminal justice reform and handling of racially motivated extremist groups

Washington (CNN) Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday pressed Lawyer General Jeff Periods on his and his department’s handling of competition, including the lack of minorities in key Justice Division positions

Under questioning from CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond at the House judiciary committee hearing, Periods acknowledged he lacks a single black senior employee and there are almost no black nominees for judgeships or US lawyer positions, but said diversity remains an important consideration.

“I do not need a senior employee at the moment that’s an African-American,” Sessions said, adding that he recommended African-Americans for positions found in his period serving Alabama.

Richmond said that per his exploration, 91% of the administration’s judicial nominees were white males and only one US lawyer nominee has been African-American.

“I’m unaware of the figures,” Sessions said. “But we ought to look for quality candidates, and I believe diversity is a subject that has significance.”

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