"This is deeply disturbing", she said, as reported by the Times.
Stephanopoulos predicted: "Yeah, likely to be controversial".
"The New York Times article is based on uncorroborated sources", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during Wednesday's press briefing.
Kristen Clarke, the president of the liberal Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, has suggested that the possible project aimed at attacking affirmative action policies is "misaligned with the [civil rights] division's longstanding priorities".
Of course, the "problem" of discrimination against white students applying to universities that this project claims to attempt to address does not exist.
The memo does not explicitly outline whom the Justice Department considers at risk from affirmative action admissions policies.
Before looking at why Donald Trump's administration, and particularly Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is reportedly looking to investigate affirmative action at colleges, an obvious question needs to be answered: How, exactly, does affirmative action work these days? The effort continues adding to a laundry list of civil rights offenses by the Trump administration, the most recent of which came last week when the administration levied a series of assaults on LGBT rights and policies.
Meanwhile, activists and critics brought up several underlying points about Affirmative Action like its inclusion to not just people of color, but white women as well. The department's Educational Opportunities Section, a division charged with handling cases regarding schools and run by career civil servants, will not manage the endeavor. Instead using the funds to investigate and sue universities over policies they believe discriminate against white applicants.
Sarah Isgur Flores, the Justice Department's spokeswoman, would neither confirm nor deny the move to PEOPLE. ABC's Mary Bruce has details from Washington.
The Justice Department has declined to comment on the new initiative.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Yeah, likely to be controversial.
Any lawyers wanting to work on Trump's affirmative action admissions policies project have a short time to spiffy up their resumes. The report sparked backlash among civil rights groups and fueled concerns about a rollback of civil rights protections under the Trump Administration, as many argued the project would be a step back for minority students who are underrepresented on college campuses.