Congressional Black Caucus members are still pushing for the Senate to knock down Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general because they say that his civil rights record is poor — which can be translated better as he doesn’t buy into the left’s orthodoxy, and as such they have decided to invoke identity politics and the culture of victimhood to smear the man to try and get their way.
The Washington Examiner reported:
House lawmakers led by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [and] other Congressional Black Caucus members staged a protest against Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to attorney general on the Senate floor Wednesday.
The group of roughly 10 House members, including the dean of the House, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., as well as Democratic Reps. Lacy Clay of Missouri, Hank Johnson of Georgia and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, traveled to the Senate side of the Capitol and marched onto the floor in an effort to draw attention to their opposition to Sessions’ confirmation on civil rights grounds.
“Sen. Sessions may be one of the most incompatible nominees to the Department of Justice that we’ve seen in decades – that department is a department of the vulnerable,” Jackson Lee told the Examiner after leaving the Senate floor.
“It is a department that deals with the issues of civil rights mostly, it deals with the issue of voting rights, and the empowerment of women. It deals with the issues of protecting those on the questions of marriage equality, gender discrimination and no record has been more potent against all of those issues,” she said, speaking in generalities about her view of Sessions without any facts to back her position up. Not to mention a bizarre, leftist interpretation of the role of the DOJ …
Jackson Lee brought up the Republicans’ move to invoke a rule to quiet Sen. Elizabeth Warren when she chose to recite a letter from Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., written 30 years ago during the Senate’s deliberation over the nomination of Sessions for federal judge.
That letter disparaged Sessions with King’s false interpretation of Sessions’ civil rights record, and Republicans claimed that the recitation of that letter violated a rule about disparaging a senator.
“I think last night and the treatment of Sen. Warren spoke loudly to the crux of our concern,” Jackson Lee said. “Will there be any free speech and freedom in the department of justice, a place where you are to uphold the Constitution, if Elizabeth Warren cannot read from our beloved Coretta Scott King’s letter?”
The Examiner reported:
After Republicans used a rarely invoked Senate standing rule to shut down Warren’s reading of the letter and other statements on Sessions, four other Democratic senators Tuesday night and Wednesday morning read from the same King letter, although they mostly avoided mentioning Sessions by name.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Tom Udall, D-N.N., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., read portions of the letter on the Senate floor.
King’s letter described a 1984 voter fraud case Sessions prosecuted as “one more technique used to intimidate black voters and thus deny them this most precious franchise.”
That particular case involved complaints from one black candidate that another black candidates’ supporters were illegally tampering with elderly voters’ ballots. The defendants, including close King associate Al Turner, were eventually cleared of wrongdoing.
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