Politics In Historic Move, Sen. Booker to Testify Against Sessions

11:36  10 january  2017
11:36  10 january  2017 Source:   NBC News

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Cory Booker is set to testify against Republican Sen . Jeff Sessions Wednesday in an unprecedented move during his attorney general confirmation. This would be the first time in Senate history that a sitting senator will testify against another sitting senator for a Cabinet post during a confirmation. "I do not take lightly the decision to testify against a Senate colleague," Booker said. "But the immense powers of the attorney general combined with the deeply troubling views of this nominee is a call to conscience."

Sen . Cory Booker , Rep. John Lewis to Testify Against Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Cory Booker , D-New Jersey, will apparently make history this week when he testifies before the Judiciary Committee against Sen . Jeff Sessions ' nomination for attorney general in hearings that begin Tuesday. Booker 's office said Monday that the Senate historian had been unable to find any previous instance of a sitting senator 's testifying against a fellow sitting senator nominated for a Cabinet position.

Image: Cory Booker © Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, talks to reporters last month in East Newark. Image: Cory Booker

Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, will apparently make history this week when he testifies before the Judiciary Committee against Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for attorney general in hearings that begin Tuesday.

Booker's office said Monday that the Senate historian had been unable to find any previous instance of a sitting senator's testifying against a fellow sitting senator nominated for a Cabinet position.

Noting that "I'm breaking a pretty long Senate tradition," Booker said Monday on MSNBC's "All In": "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."

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Cory Booker is set to testify against Republican Sen . Jeff Sessions Wednesday in an unprecedented move during his attorney general confirmation. This would be the first time in Senate history that a sitting senator will testify against another sitting senator for a Cabinet post during a confirmation. “I do not take lightly the decision to testify against a Senate colleague,” Booker said. “But the immense powers of the attorney general combined with the deeply troubling views of this nominee is a call to conscience.”

Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, will all testify against Sen . Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, when his confirmation hearings start Tuesday. Booker told MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Monday he would be "breaking a pretty long Senate tradition" by testifying . "We've seen Jeff Sessions consistently voting against or speaking out against key ideals of the Voting Rights Acts, taking measures to try to block criminal justice reform," he said.

"He has a posture and a positioning that I think represent a real danger to our country," Booker said.

In 1986, the Senate Judiciary Committee killed President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Sessions to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama after four former Justice Department colleagues testified that he had made racially offensive statements.

Sessions 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.

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Several other prominent African-American figures in addition to Booker also plan to testify against Sessions, R-Alabama, a former U.S. attorney and attorney general in Alabama, including two members of the House: Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, a leader of the civil rights movement of the 1960s; and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-Louisiana, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Jeff Sessions , John Kelly face confirmation hearings Tuesday. Sen . Cory Booker to testify against Jeff Sessions . "We've seen Jeff Sessions …consistently voting against or speaking out against key ideals of the Voting Rights Acts, taking measures to try to block criminal justice reform," he said. "He has a posture and a positioning that I think represent a real danger to our country." While a U.S. Attorney in the 1980s, Sessions was accused by former Justice Department colleagues of making racist comments, and he was denied a federal judgeship.

Cory Booker is set to testify against Republican Sen . Jeff Sessions Wednesday in an unprecedented move during his attorney general confirmation. This would be the first time in Senate history that a sitting senator will testify against another sitting senator for a Cabinet post during a confirmation.

The NAACP has also strongly opposed Sessions' nomination, calling him "a threat to desegregation and the Voting Rights Act."

The only African-American Republican senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, said in a statement Monday that he would be supporting Session's nomination after placing "special emphasis" on the decision at a time of "racial and societal unrest like we have not seen in a generation."

Scott said after doing his own homework, working with Sessions for four years and meeting with him personally, that he had determined Sessions to be a "consistently fair person" who is committed to upholding the Constitution.

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Sessions was Trump's earliest supporter in the Senate, where his fierce opposition to illegal immigration and skepticism toward legal immigration aligned with Trump's campaign message.

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Cory Booker is set to testify against Republican Sen . Jeff Sessions Wednesday in an unprecedented move during his attorney general confirmation. Сегодня в 06:58 www.cnn.com.

Jeff Sessions to be attorney general, a move that could firm up Booker ’s progressive bona fides ahead of a possible 2020 presidential bid.“I do not take lightly the decision to testify against a Senate colleague,“ Booker said in a statement. “But the immense powers of the Attorney General combined with the deeply troubling views of this nominee is a call to conscience.“ Cory Booker will on Wednesday take the apparently unprecedented step of testifying against the confirmation of fellow Sen .

He has been criticized by numerous liberal and civil rights organizations, which cite his strong opposition to expansion of rights for gay and lesbian Americans, legalization of marijuana even for medical use, legal abortion, embryonic stem cell research and President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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In his statement, Booker also singled out what he characterized as Sessions' opposition to "bipartisan criminal justice reform" and his "efforts earlier in his career to deny citizens voting rights."

"The Attorney General is responsible for ensuring the fair administration of justice, and based on his record, I lack confidence that Senator Sessions can honor this duty," Booker said.

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