Today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on whether Sen Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) will be confirmed as Trump’s Attorney General are variously infuriating, obnoxious, and occasionally, peppered with misrepresentation.
For most of the hearing, which began at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time and, as of 5:53 p.m., are still ongoing, one of the main issues at hand is Sessions’ history of racist values that have seeped into his policymaking.
Throughout most of the day, Sessions responded nimbly to questions about his past, reiterating again and again—with help from his fellow Republicans on the committee—his belief in the rule of law, and emphasizing individual cases in which he defended African Americans.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal pressed Sessions about awards he received but didn’t report on a committee questionnaire, the Connecticut Democrat asked a surprisingly provocative question:
“Are there any other awards from groups that have similar kinds of ideological negative views of immigrants or of African-Americans or Muslims or others including awards that you may have received from the Ku Klux Klan?”
“Well, I wouldn’t receive it from Henry Hays, I’ll tell you that. He no longer exists,” Sessions shot back, referring to a Klansman who got the death penalty in a case Sessions helped pursue.
“No, I wouldn’t accept an award from the Klan.”
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More of this fascinating, grueling spectacle continues tomorrow.
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