Published: Sun, January 15, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Sheriff Clarke: Sen. Booker's Testimony Against Sen. Sessions an 'Embarrassment'

Sheriff Clarke: Sen. Booker's Testimony Against Sen. Sessions an 'Embarrassment'

NAACP President Cornell Brooks and ACLU Legal Director David Cole testified at the Senate hearing for Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, saying he "lacks the judgeent and temperament" and is "unfit to serve" as attorney general.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks with reporters at the Capitol on January 4, 2017. "I am also deeply concerned by his views on immigration, which I saw firsthand during the push for comprehensive immigration reform".

"The vague answers given by Senator Jeff Sessions during today's Attorney General confirmation hearing provided little comfort for the 2 million American patients who rely on state-run medical cannabis programs to provide them with physician-recommended medicine".

The democrat announcing that he won't support Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to become the nation's'next top law enforcement official.

If confirmed, Senator Sessions will be required to pursue justice for women, but his record indicates that he won't.

Schumer also stated that he believes Sessions will not be able to fulfill the Attorney General's role to serve as a check on the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Huntley said he was reluctant at first, because he had heard allegations that Sessions harbored racial bias. At a confirmation hearing, he said Sessions had made racially tainted remarks when they worked together on civil rights cases in Alabama in the early 1980s. "Sessions will uphold the laws of our country and will work to ensure that every person here in the United States is given the voice that is deserved", Rice wrote.

While Sessions's record on civil rights is murky, it seems odd 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. The New Jersey Senator said that despite outside dissatisfaction, "In the choice of standing with Senate norms or standing up for what my conscience tells me is best for our country, I will always choose my conscience and country". "You've got an outstanding record that you should be proud of, and I know you are and you should be". All 48 Senate Democrats would need to vote against Sessions and be joined by three Republicans in order for his confirmation to be rejected.

During his testimony, the House member made clear his disapproval with how the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled his speaking slot.

A vote on Sessions will take place at some point after Trump's inauguration.

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