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Senator Ted Cruz Grills ACLU’s David Cole Over Incomplete Sessions Testimony

On day two of Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) confirmation hearings for Attorney General, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled David Cole of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over facts that Cruz felt Cole left out of his testimony. Cruz took issue with description of the testimony as “non-partisan.”

“You blasted Senator Sessions for prosecuting African-American Civil Rights leaders as a U.S. Attorney in the 1980s and insinuating that doing so somehow made him a racist. And yet, you did not mention in your written or oral testimony the fact that the complaints asking him to do so were brought by African-American citizens who felt that their votes were being abused,” Cruz said to Cole.

“My point is simple, Mr. Cole. This committee can assess what occurred there, but any law student or any litigant who presented such a one-sided picture of the fact, conveniently omitting every single fact that is to the contrary, would not be treated as a credible witness and would not be treated, as you describe your testimony, as strictly non-partisan,” Cruz said.

Cruz pointed out that Cole’s testimony also omitted facts in sections regarding the Tieco case. Cole cited the case as an example of Sessions’ unfitness for the office of Attorney General.

“On July 10, 1996, the [Alabama] Ethics Commission unanimously dismissed the charges against Sessions,” Cruz noted about that Tieco case.

Cruz spent the remainder of his time discrediting Cole’s testimony about the Tieco case.