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Cory Booker On Jeff Sessions: “His Record Indicates We Cannot Count On Him”

The New Jersey Senator attacked Sessions’s record on social equality during his testimony on Wednesday.

January 11, 2017


New Jersey Senator Cory Booker testified against Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. In his testimony, Booker pointed to Sessions's controversial record on racial issues, immigration, voting rights, and more as reasons why Sessions was unfit to be the nation's top law enforcer.

"The next attorney general must bring hope and healing to this country, and this demands a more courageous empathy than Senator Sessions' record demonstrates," Booker told the Judiciary Committee. "If one is to be attorney general, they must be willing to continue the hallowed tradition in our country of fighting for justice for all, for equal justice for civil rights."

Representative John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia and a pioneer in the civil rights movement also testified against Sessions on Wednesday. "Those who are committed to equal justice in our society wonder whether Sen. Sessions' call for law and order would mean today what it meant for Alabama when I was coming up back then," Lewis said.

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