Dems concerned about Sessions, but have little recourse


Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is the choice of President-elect Donald Trump to be the attorney general of the United States. He added that Democrats have pledged a fair process for Sessions, someone Judiciary Committee members are "extremely well acquainted" with after serving with him for up to 20 years.

Former Assistant U.S Attorney Thomas Figures said Sessions called him "boy", urged him to watch his language around "white folks", and suggested that the KKK members were "OK" until learning that they smoked marijuana. The talking point you will hear and read about the most is alleged racism by Sen. When Sessions, then a USA attorney, was appointed to a federal judgeship by President Ronald Reagan in the mid-1980s, his nomination was rejected after other attorneys testified that he'd made racist remarks and derided civil rights groups. "The American people deserve to learn about Senator Sessions' record at the public Senate Judiciary Committee hearing".

During the confirmation hearing, Alabama attorney Thomas Figures, an African-American man, testified that Sessions had referred to him as "boy" and had warned him about speaking assertively to his Caucasian peers.

Trump's comments this week certainly do not make it easier for Democrats to hold back on Sessions on voting rights issues.

Keep in mind that Watkins' law school encounters with Jeff Sessions took place in Alabama in the early 1970s.

Sessions has consistently been one of the most conservative voices on the Judiciary Committee, and is known for his support of tough immigration enforcement policies. Sessions was only the second person in 50 years to be voted down by the Senate to be a district judgeship. Other actions that have been upheld under President Obama, like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) could also face scrutiny under Sessions' tenure in the Trump Administration.

"When our country is struggling with so many divisions, the committee and the entire Senate must ask whether Senator Sessions is the right man to lead the agency charged with securing and protecting the constitutional and civil rights of all Americans", the Democrats wrote in the letter.

They also were said to have discussed congressional oversight, the False Claims Act and criminal justice reform during the 45-minute meeting. "No Senator has fought harder against the hopes and aspirations of Latinos, immigrants, and people of color than Sen".

"Senator Sessions has developed an extensive record on important issues within this Committee's jurisdiction, and over which he would yield significant power as Attorney General", the Senators wrote.



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