Confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions for Attorney General wrapped up yesterday.
Sessions walked into his Senate hearing room on Tuesday past protesters—some dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes—holding up signs that said “Stand against xenophobia” and “Love trumps hate.” His testimony was also interrupted by protestors at several points.
Cory Booker yesterday became the first sitting senator to testify against a fellow senator’s nomination for a cabinet post, and for good reason. Civil rights leader Georgia Rep. John Lewis and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond also gave passionate testimonies saying that Sessions’ confirmation as head of the Department of Justice would set back any progress we have made on civil rights. Watch Senator Booker’s testimony below.
Sessions faced tough questions over his record on civil rights and law enforcement. Throughout the hearings, he denied “damnably false charges” of racism against him, saying they were false or out of context.”I hope my tenure in this body shows you that the caricature of me wasn’t accurate,” Sessions said.
Really? Let’s see. He has been an outspoken opponent of immigration, both legal and illegal. He has little regard to preserving voter rights: he has prosecuted civil-rights activists for voter fraud, supported the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, and been a supporter of discriminatory voter-ID laws. He is also extremely conservative on criminal justice issues, with even law enforcement groups viewing him as having a “police-first” mentality.
Even though Democrats are in the minority, per Per Daily Kos, there is still something we can do to delay Jeff Sessions’ confirmation, though stopping him may be unlikely. For example, requesting a roll call vote on every single nomination, which takes a minimum of eleven U.S. Senators, can not only take additional time, it will also get every senator on record. And even a single U.S. senator can deny unanimous consent on a nominee or any of the executive branch appointments that require Senate approval. Read more about that here.