Sessions' confirmation hearing is the first big fight for the Trump administration, but it's not the Alabama senator's first battle against accusations of racism.
He announced his opposition to Sessions shortly after Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said he also will vote against Sessions' confirmation because he has concerns about whether the nominee would be a sufficient check on President-elect Donald Trump. Jeff Sessions' appointment as attorney general are calling him extremist, anti-immigration and insensitive to civil rights. Claims that were backed up by Booker and multiple other witnesses over the course of the hearing by merely citing Sessions' long and despicable record of failing to honor the rights of people who don't look like him in both the courtroom and the Senate chamber.
A Baptist senator broke with Senate tradition January 11, becoming what is believed to be the first sitting senator to testify against a colleague at a confirmation hearing for a Cabinet position. Jeff Sessions, but the bottom line is clear - he will not support Sessions' nomination to be America's next attorney general.
Booker argued that Session's record suggests he would not seek to protect the rights of LGBT Americans, would uphold voting rights, or protect "immigrants and affirm their human dignity".
"The next attorney general must bring hope and healing to the country".
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On the second day of Sessions' current confirmation hearings, members of the Congressional Black Caucus packed the hearing room. There are, Lewis said, "forces that want to take us back to another place". While Sessions is a Republican and Schumer a Democrat the two have worked together to pass bipartisan legislature, specifically on trade, Schumer said in a statement.
While Sessions's record on civil rights is murky, it seems unusual that Booker would partner with someone he considered personally distasteful, to honor leaders in a fight he now claims Sessions not only does not value, but diametrically opposes. Schumer described Sessions as a longtime "friend and colleague" but said in a statement that he was "not confident" that Sessions would defend the rights of all Americans.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) testified Wednesday against Alabama Republican Sen.
When pressed on his remarks about these groups, Sessions said that "fundamental legal barriers to minorities had been knocked down" and that the organizations had been "asking for things beyond what they are justified in asking".
Booker said that if confirmed as attorney general Sessions would likely obstruct "the growing national bipartisan movement toward criminal justice reform".