Newly Released Footage Shows Sessions Sparring With DOJ Interns

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The event took place on June 22, when Sessions spent about half an hour with college students working as interns at the department during the summer.

He also said marijuana is not a healthy substance and that the American Medical Association agrees with him.

The full video, which ABC obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, was released on ABCnews.com earlier today.

Right out the gate, Sessions made his opinion on the matter clear - laughing loudly and looking exasperated.

Sessions said the Justice Department was going to hold a Pride observance the following week (it did, honoring Gavin Grimm, a transgender student whose lawsuit against his school district was undermined by the withdrawal of the guidance) and said he didn't know about the lack of a Pride proclamation from the White House.

"Well, the second amendment, you're aware of that?" It's as valid as the First Amendment.

He asked the intern whether she believed that, to which she responded, "uhhh... Whatever Your Name Is, you can write to AMA and see why they think otherwise". Litteral added, "If Jeff Sessions wants to criticize my experience or a progressive institution that's doing a terrific job on behalf of people and especially communities of color then I'm completely fine with his criticism". "I grew up in a projects to a single mother.

Well that may be the view in Berkeley, but not in the rest of the country", Sessions said, using the word Berkeley nearly as an insult. The student said that the people they were afraid of were not necessarily their neighbors, but the police.

"It is the view in Columbus, Ohio where the police just stomped on a gentleman's head", the intern shot back.

"I hear ya", Sessions said, raising his hand.

That said, in October, the department reversed course from the previous administration, arguing in court that transgender people were not covered by civil rights protections.

Another student who attends Washington University's law school in St. Louis asserted "statistically, guns kill more people than marijuana does", asking Sessions why there are "lax laws on one and harsh laws on the other?" the video shows.

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