Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing to become United States Attorney General on Tuesday.
In the lead up to Sessions’ hearing Democrats have tried to paint Sessions as a racist because of remarks made about the NAACP more than three decades ago.
CNN’s Dana Bash conducted an in-depth report on this matter and showed that Sessions is anything but. In fact, even a brief look at Sessions’ record shows someone who has spent his career fighting for civil rights.
Bash interviewed Albert Turner Jr., the son a civil rights activist who Sessions prosecuted. Turner Jr. said that he doesn’t think Sessions is a racist.
“When I was — talked to Senator Sessions about historical black colleges and trying to get historical black colleges some assistance and funding, he listened. I can go on and on about the particular issues that Jeff Sessions and I have discussed,” Turner told Bash about Sessions.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said of Sessions, “I do know the Jeff Sessions that I have worked with in the past 20 years. I want a person of integrity and experience. And Jeff Sessions has all of those characteristics and qualities.”
Bash interviewed Democratic Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who worked with Sessions on legislation trying to reduce the penalty for crack cocaine, something that is prosecuted more severely than ordinary cocaine under mandatory minimums. These mandatory minimums are widely regarded as racist because crack cocaine is more affordable and more widely used by African-Americans.
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