Friday, November 18, 2016

Former NAACP head: 'We must stop’ Sessions as AG

Trump announced Friday his pick of Sessions to be attorney general.
“Jeff has been a highly respected member of the U.S. Senate for 20 years,” Trump said in a statement. “He is a world-class legal mind and considered a truly great Attorney General and U.S. Attorney in the state of Alabama. Jeff is greatly admired by legal scholars and virtually everyone who knows him.”
Sessions said he was “humbled” by the selection.
“My previous 15 years working in the Department of Justice were extraordinarily fulfilling. I love the Department, its people and its mission. I can think of no greater honor than to lead them.”
President Ronald Reagan nominated Sessions to be a U.S. District judge in 1986. But after testimony that he called the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union "un-American" and the Ku Klux Klan "OK, until [I] learned they smoked marijuana," his nomination was withdrawn.
Sessions has vehemently denied the claims, but Democrats are already pointing to the accusations as disqualifying.
Sessions needs majority support in the Senate to be confirmed. The GOP is expected to have 52 seats in the chamber after next month's Louisiana runoff election.
Jealous served as the NAACP’s leader from 2008 to 2012. He was a vocal supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during this year’s Democratic presidential primary.
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