TRUMP ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE COULD BE A PROBLEM FOR ONLINE GAMBLING
11th January, 2017 at 09:58:19
Confirmation hearing reveals that AG nominee Jeff Sessions may be supportive of Adelson's RAWA ambitions.
The incoming Trump presidential administration in the United States has been the subject of endless speculation on how it may change the legal scene across a wide spectrum of issues in that country, with online gambling legalisation among them.
This week a Senate confirmation hearing on the appointment as Attorney General of the United States of Alabama senator Jeff Sessions raised the worrying prospect that Sessions could be bad news for the industry.
Referring to the September 2011 Department of Justice opinion that the 1961 Wire Act applied only to online sports betting, Sessions told the confirmation panel that he had been "shocked" by the decision and indicated that he intended to revisit the issue should he be confirmed.
The DoJ Office of Legal Counsel's opinion was brought up in the hearing by the notoriously
anti-online gambling senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham, who is known to support Sheldon Adelson's repeatedly failed Restoration of America's Wire Act (see previous reports).
Having raised the issue, and the possible progression of RAWA, Graham did not give Sessions the chance to complete his response, but the candidate did manage to say:
"Apparently there is some justification or argument that can be made to support the Department of Justice's  position, but I did oppose it when it happened and it seemed to me to be an unusual
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