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Cory Booker Admits He Worked on Civil Rights with Jeff Sessions

Speaking with CNN’s Manu Raju, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) admitted that he had worked with Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) in the past on civil rights. Booker testified against Sessions during the Alabama senator’s confirmation hearing for Attorney General, becoming the first sitting Senator to testify against a colleague.

Previously, Booker had thanked Sessions for his work on civil rights.

“I have a lot of respect for Senator Sessions. He and I have even worked together giving out a Medal of Freedom to civil rights marchers, something I felt honored and blessed to be able to do in partnership with him,” Booker told Raju.

Booker also said that it would be “non-sensical” to label Sessions “a racist.”

Raju asked Booker about his possible presidential ambitions in 2020, but Booker dodged the question, commenting instead on criminal justice reform and the incoming Trump administration.