Jeff Sessions, American AG is no longer the same man who was surprised about the 2011 Wire Act, which he once termed ‘shocking.’
Ironically, the lawyer representing Jeff in a session hearing is a man who understands why some industry magnets such as Adelson wanted to annihilate internet gambling from the U.S. The 2011 Wire Act should not be confused with 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
Following a conflict of opinions from those that want the 2011 Act reviewed and those that want it to remain, the AG is likely to back off. This latest move by the AG is a clear indication that there are high chances of the review of the 2011 Wire Act may simply not take place or even if it does, it will not have the same magnitude as thought.
Jeff has conceded that if he continues with Charles Cooper’s representation, there will be a substantive conflict during the hearing of various views.
The fact is that if Cooper stays put as Session’s attorney, which will ideally affect the way Session will decide on the matter. There is also a likelihood that he will be partial in his online betting view.
Currently, individual states have been mandated to decide whether to allow or not to enable and regulate online gambling, which is what Cooper and his fellow lobbyists were saying no to. That makes sense why he is not the right person to represent the AG.
It has emerged that Sessions hired his lawyer, a long time from who is linked to casino business to represent the AG in the ongoing investigations into the involvement of Russian authorities into the U.S. election that was held in August 2016.
Hitherto, Sessions has not been able to disclose details of a series of meetings he is alleged to have held with Russian officials.The matter is currently under the review of the U.S. Congress.
On his part, Cooper admits that he was hired to work for the lobby group, which comprised casino magnate Adelson in their bid to oppose internet gambling. He, however, says that is something of the past now.
Following the sudden turn of events surrounding the legality of the online casino business in individual states, Sessions has been exempted from the discussions. Of course, Jeff’s recuse is forceful and not his will.
“Jeff will not be taking place in any discussion, which surrounds online gambling legality. That will give him enough time to fulfill his AG mandate,” said Sarah I. Flores, DOJ spokesperson.
It is now apparent that RAWA wants DOJ to use its powers in overturning the 2011 so-called Wire Act that gave way to casinos offering poker and casino games but forbade online sports betting.
As a result of the Wire Act, which took place during the Obama administration, Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey legalized online gambling within their respective borders.