Sen. Cory Booker says Sessions lacks 'courageous empathy,' opposes his nomination

Sen. Cory Booker says Sessions lacks 'courageous empathy,' opposes his nomination

"After reviewing Senator Sessions' record and reflecting on his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have come to the conclusion that I can not support his nomination to be Attorney General of the United States". Jeff Sessions' appointment as attorney general are calling him extremist, anti-immigration and insensitive to civil rights. Jeff Sessions' nomination to be the next attorney general.

For what's likely the first time ever, a sitting senator testified against a fellow senator nominated for a presidential Cabinet position. "After meeting with Senator Sessions, I can not support his confirmation to be our next Attorney General because I don't have faith that he shares these beliefs and that he will embrace these commitments, and our shared responsibility to move our nation forward for all Americans".

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".

During his confirmation hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, Sessions stressed he would be ready to tell Donald Trump "No" when necessary and considers torture practices like waterboarding to be illegal.

He was not just complimentary, but said that he was "honored" and "blessed" to partner with Sessions in bestowing this particular award.

Booker's testimony was followed by that of Willie Huntley, a veteran black lawyer from Alabama, who claimed he worked alongside Sessions as assistant US attorney in Alabama and found no trace of racial animosity.

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Sessions said Tuesday he would not support the "idea that Muslims as a religious group should be denied admission to the United States". Cory Booker's testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing Sen. The Alabama Republican was rejected for a federal judgeship by the Senate Judiciary Committee 30 years ago amid accusations of racial insensitivity.

Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, says he is not sure Senator Sessions (R-AL) can see or prosecute discrimination.

Sessions pledged over and over that if he is confirmed to head the Justice Department, he will enforce laws he voted against as a senator.

"It's not one thing but it's kind of his whole record on civil and human rights issues because it goes back to when he was the USA attorney in Alabama".

In his testimony, Brooks called some of Sessions' ideas "xenophobic" and made it clear that he is troubled by his record on voting rights. "Sessions' record demonstrates", Booker said.

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