Victoria Bassetti is a contributing fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. She is the author of Electoral Dysfunction (New Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s Magazine, and The Washington Monthly. She worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee and in the Senate between 1994 and 2003.
Before taking the oath of office, Senator Sessions should commit to a process for evaluating his campaign finance record and any resulting ethical issues. He should also agree to a bright-line recusal rule and to following clear ethical standards that will avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest with previous financial supporters.