Despite Controversies, Holder Had Easier Road to Confirmation Than Sessions
- Author: Alfonso Moody Jan 11, 2017,
Jan 11, 2017, 0:08
Protesters in white cloaks and hoods disrupted the Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday for Jeff Sessions to be United States attorney general, dramatizing concerns about his civil rights record.
Sessions was selected to serve as attorney general in President-elect Donald Trump's administration, and the decision is making a lot of people extremely nervous because of offensive comments the Alabama senator has made in the past.
Protesters dressed as KKK members disrupt the start of Sessions' hearing..
Sessions is expected to undergo a grilling over accusations he made racially charged comments toward and about African-Americans or civil rights early in his professional life.
Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), has already endured plenty of criticism before and during his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
Civil liberties advocates have seized on Sessions' voting record and his appearances before groups that espouse harsh views on Muslims and immigrants.More news: Raiders will start Connor Cook at QB against Texans
In 1986, Sessions became the second person in 50 years to have their federal judgment denied by the Senate.
Two men wearing costumes of the Klu Klux Klan (KKK), the white supremacist organisation with a history of fatal racist attacks on people of colour, were ejected from the building on Tuesday as they disrupted the hearing. Chuck Grassley about Sessions, where she said that Sessions, a "friend", was someone she admired "greatly". He now says that if he's confirmed as attorney general he would recuse himself from investigating the issue.
Reporters at the hearing were provided with a thick binder detailing Sessions' record on Voting Rights cases.
26 law school faculty members in MI signed a letter urging the rejection of Sessions as an attorney general candidate. The attorney general is supposed to work for the law and the people and some comments made by Trump have anxious people over what an appointed Sessions would do.
Criminal justice reform: Sessions a year ago helped block a bipartisan congressional plan to reduce "mandatory minimum" prison sentences and make other changes to the federal prisons system.
He said his task as Attorney General would be to crack down on illegal immigration, gun violence and "Islamic terrorism".