After Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his decision to rescind a Department of Justice policy protecting legalized marijuana laws, many politicians from both sides of the aisle criticized him. And now Sessions is meeting with one of them to clear the air.
Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, is set to meet with Sessions today to discuss his decision to rescind the Cole Memo. Gardner has been one of the most outspoken politicians against Sessions' decision. He accused the Attorney General of lying to him about his intentions towards marijuana laws prior to his confirmation, and he's even said he will not approve any new DOJ nominees until Sessions reverses his decision.
While many politicians, including other senators, have attacked Sessions for his decision, it's not surprising that the Attorney General would choose Gardner to meet with. Gardner is the head of the Republican Senatorial Committee, which makes him the sixth highest ranking member of the GOP in the Senate.
Gardner has been very outspoken against Sessions' decision, so it will be interesting to see what happens after the two meet. Will Gardner continue his commitment to not allow DOJ nominees until Sessions changes his policy? Or will he back down and cave to the Trump administration like so many other Republicans have done in the past year?
Why does the latter seem so much more likely?