Sessions: Justice Dept. Obligated To Protect The Civil Rights Of Every American

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"Absolutely nothing that we heard or witnessed from the Senator should dispel concerns about his fitness to serve as Attorney General or reassure those anxious about whether Senator Sessions would be a fair arbiter of justice for all Americans".

"His record indicates that we can not count on him to support state and national efforts toward bringing justice to a justice system that people on both sides of the aisle readily admit is biased against the poor, drug addicted, mentally ill and people of color", the African-American senator said.

One of Booker's beefs with Sessions is the latter's opposition to a bipartisan effort to correct some of the worst injustices of mass incarceration. An attorney general, he said, "must be willing to continue the hallowed tradition in our country of fighting for justice for all, for equal justice, and for civil rights".

Also Tuesday, the American Jewish Committee urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to probe Sessions on a number of issues, including the protection of religious communities, responses to anti-Semitism, deterrence of terrorism, civil rights and voting rights, according to a statement.

Booker's office said Monday that the Senate historian had been unable to find any previous instance of a sitting senator's testifying against a fellow sitting senator nominated for a Cabinet position.

Sessions has a long record opposing same-sex couples' marriage rights, and LGBT rights more broadly. Sessions during the confirmation hearing. His panel with other lawmakers and supporters of Sessions was added to the hearings at the request of the top Democrat on the committee, California Sen.

He focused mainly on Sessions' voting record in the Senate, highlighting Sessions' votes against the 2009 Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, among others.

"It was an embarrassment on the part of Senator Booker", Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said.

He was not just complimentary, but said that he was "honored" and "blessed" to partner with Sessions in bestowing this particular award. He said the Alabama senator "has shown blindness or outright hostility to concerns of the people whose rights he would be responsible to protect".

Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) said some fellow senators were unhappy with his decision to testify against USA attorney general nominee Sen. Cory Booker points out inconsistencies in Sen.

"It wasn't accurate of me then or now", Sessions said during his hearing.

Currently, Sessions serves on the Senate's Armed Services Committee, where he chairs a subcommittee on Strategic Forces, and the Judiciary Committee, in which he chairs a subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.