The United States Attorney General has admitted a conflict in his own hiring of friend and personal attorney Charles Cooper with being able to impartially hear opinions on whether that reversal should stay or go, and as such, says he will recuse himself from any further discussions on the matter.
Copper, a former lobbyist for Sheldon Adelson’s Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG), is the sticking point in determining Sessions’ ability to be impartial in the matter, which currently allows states to decide for themselves whether or not to offer internet gaming to state residents, excepting sports betting.
Earlier this month, AG Sessions hired his longtime friend, the attorney Charles Cooper, to represent him as his lawyer throughout the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election. Sessions has allegedly failed to disclose meetings between himself and several Russian officials that occurred during the election process, and Congress is now reviewing the matter.
Although he says it’s now all done, Cooper admits he briefly worked on behalf of CSIG, which hired him in May to lobby DOJ officials for the cause. It’s a move that may have backfired spectacularly for CSIG, which saw Sessions as potentially a key ally in its fight for prohibition.
Now the AG has been forced to recuse himself from all discussions surrounding the legality of online gaming, according to DOJ spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores.