Democratic Senator Cory Booker has stated that he will take the unprecedented step of testifying against his Senate colleague, Jeff Sessions, during Sessions’ confirmation hearing for Attorney General, reports NBCNews.
“I’m breaking a pretty long Senate tradition,” Sen. Booker acknowledges. “We’ve seen Jeff Sessions — that’s Senator Jeff Sessions — consistently voting against or speaking out against key ideals of the Voting Rights Act, taking measures to try to block criminal justice reform…He has a posture and a positioning that I think represent a real danger to our country.”
It bears remembering that back in 1986, the members of the Senate found Sessions too racist to hold the position of U.S. District Court Judge, when it emerged that Sessions used racially offensive statements. Rather than apologize for the remarks, Sessions used his new found notoriety to his political advantage. As recounted by NBC, “Sessions, R-Alabama, turned the rejection into a launchpad for his political career. He was elected attorney general of Alabama before being elected in 1996 to the U.S. Senate, where he is considered among the more conservative members.”
Reports CNN, civil rights icon and sitting Congressman John Lewis is also planning to testify against Sessions.
Restore Progress supports the leadership shown by Senator Booker and Congressman Lewis on this issue, and asks other lawmakers to join them in resisting Sessions’ nomination.