During the trial of coal executive and two lawyers stood trial in Alabama last month, it was revealed that Jeff Sessions blocked EPA actions in favor of his biggest donors.
The four-week trial concluded on July 20th when David Roberson, vice president of Drummond Coal, and Joel Gilbert, a lawyer from Birmingham-based firm Balch & Bingham, were found guilty of paying off an Alabama lawmaker to oppose a federal environmental cleanup effort that could have potentially cost Drummond Coal millions of dollars.
Jeff Sessions has long had close ties to Balch and Drummonnd. In fact, the companies ranked as his second and third largest contributors over the course of his Senate career, collectively donating nearly a quarter of a million dollars to his campaigns
The Project on Government Oversight have previously reported that Sessions, then a Senator, directly intervened with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to block the cleanup effort at the center of the federal bribery case.
Yesterday I downloaded all the exhibits that were available then, before they were sealed. I’ve now uploaded them to a Google drive you can access here. https://t.co/CjXLUQJrFs
— Kyle Whitmire (@WarOnDumb) July 3, 2018
Before the judge was able to seal everything, an Alabama journalist Kyle Whitmore saved copies of everything from billing statements to meeting minutes. These details revealed that Jeff Sessions and his staffers coordinated much more intimately with the defendants than had previously been known. The most damning aspect for now US Attorney General Sessions is the evidence that he and his staff were coached by Balch & Bingham on how to attack the EPA on Drummond’s behalf.