Senator Jefferson B. Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General in the Senate Thursday by a Republican majority, 52-47, with only one Democrat in favor of Session’s nomination.
This news comes after a flurry of controversy in the Senate as Democrats tried to block Sessions’ appointment. Democratic Sen. Warren attempted to raise awareness for what she believed was Sessions’ racist past by reading a latter written by Corretta Scott King, Wife of Martin Luther King, concerning Sessions’ past.
The letter is posted below.
Dear Senator Thurmond:
I write to express my sincere opposition to the confirmation of Jefferson B. Sessions as a federal district court judge for the Southern District of Alabama. My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting.
Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts.
Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.
For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.
I regret that a long-standing commitment prevents me from appearing in person to testify against this nominee. However, I have attached a copy of my statement opposing Mr. Sessions’ confirmation and I request that my statement as well as this letter ‘be made a part of the’ hearing record.
I do sincerely urge you to oppose the confirmation of Mr. Sessions.
Coretta Scott King
Despite the best intentions of Mrs. King, her accusations are thankfully untrue. Senator Jeff Sessions has a strong record of keeping the law and treating black citizens equally with white citizens. He has stood strongly against the Klan and the only objections he has ever had with voting laws is that they included legislation hat would obstruct some other benign legal mechanic already in place.
Democrats remain unlikely to admit this record, as their recent losses in the House, Senate, Presidential, and Gubernatorial elections will force them to attempt to pander to the black voter.