A Vote For Jeff Sessions Is A Vote Against Freedom And Equality

Malcolm Fuller
January 15, 2017

"We've made progress", Lewis testified, "but we don't want to go back". Amid smearing accusations of racism against the Alabama Senator, some leftist allies chose to accuse Sessions of harboring ill will against other races.

"Those committed to equal justice wonder whether when Senator Sessions calls for law and order, whether it would mean today what it meant in Alabama", Lewis said.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Wednesday made history as the first sitting senator to testify against another sitting senator in a Cabinet hearing.

"One of the things that I can say about Jeff is that he has always been the same person that I have known", Willie Huntley, former assistant US attorney for the southern district of Alabama, said during the hearing.

The lawmakers' criticism echoed Cornell Brooks, the head of the NAACP, who told the panel earlier in the day that the organization "firmly believes" Sessions is unfit to serve. Charles "Chuck" Grassley, R-Iowa, are intent on putting Sessions in charge of enforcing those very laws.

"My differences in policy and ideology with him do not translate to personal malice, " Turner said.

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McConnell, who joined a group of 20 people to travel to Washington, D.C., to watch the hearings live, said she's optimistic the Senate will vote to reject his confirmation.

Despite Democrats' efforts to press the case that Sessions is out of touch on civil rights issues - including LGBT rights - Olson's letter explicitly defends Sessions regarding such issues.

Turner's elderly mother, Evelyn Turner, however, said the matter remained a painful chapter in the family's life and would not support Sessions' nomination.

The Trump team no doubt was pleased with the confirmation hearing on Tuesday for attorney general nominee, Sen.

Most disingenuous object: New York Times magazine writer Emily Bazelon's article about Sessions's prosecution for voter fraud-ultimately unsuccessful-of three African-Americans in 1985 when he was U.S. Attorney for western Alabama. One of two protestors in KKK robes shouted at Sessions at one point, before they were removed. "If you disagree with Senator Sessions on his political views, let's have a discussion on that". "He will hold the attorney general's office to the highest integrity and honor that it deserves", Lathan stated. "Sessions brings integrity and objective to this job".

"The next attorney general must bring hope and healing to this country, and this demands a more courageous empathy than Senator Sessions' record demonstrates", Booker said in his testimony. In the past, sitting Senators have declined to vote on their own nomination, and while he hasn't yet said whether he'll vote for himself, Sessions has been asked by a colleague on the committee, Sen.

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