Sen. Cory Booker Breaks with Tradition, Will Testify Against Sen. Jeff Sessions at Confirmation Hearing

 

Tuesday, in what will be a historic moment, Senator Cory Booker, (D-NJ) will break with tradition and speak out against fellow Senator Jeff Sessions, (R- AL) as he bids to become the next Attorney General of the United States under new President Donald Trump. Sessions was the first senator to endorse candidate Trump to become president during the campaign season. Sessions faces tough questioning about his background in civil rights cases and whether he is willing to stand up to his boss, President Trump.

Booker’s move is believed to be the first time that a sitting senator has testified against a colleague during a cabinet nomination hearing. Booker. in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Monday, ”Concretely, I’m breaking a pretty long Senate tradition by actually being a sitting senator testifying against another sitting senator. Please, understand. I think these are extraordinary times and they call for extraordinary measures.”

Booker also stated that “There’s a whole spectrum of things that Jeff Session’s own words represent a real threat to vulnerable populations in this country, and that is something that I feel necessary to do everything that I can to speak against. ” Continuing, Booker said of Sessions, “We’ve seen already in this country that we are at a strike point around issues of policing, around issues of civil rights, around issues of gay and lesbian equality within our country.” Booker expressed that Sessions is a real danger to those seeking equal rights for gays, for those involved in the Black Lives Movement and the use of medical marijuana.

Sessions has also stated that if allowed, he would overturn the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade which gave women the right to abortions. Sessions also believes in the stronger borders that includes President-elect Donald Trump’s vision of a wall being built to separate the United States from Mexico. There is also the question of Session’s calling the N.A.A.C.P. and the A.C.L.U. un-American but it was said before he was an elected senator. Booker’s move to block the nomination of Sessions is history-making but most likely won’t have an effect on the Republicans, either in the Senate or the House of Representatives.


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