Race issues swallow second day of Sessions testimony

Race issues swallow second day of Sessions testimony

By Seung Min Kim (Politico) –

The fraught issue of race exploded on the second day of Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for attorney general, as a black senator eviscerated Sessions’ civil rights record and the head of the Congressional Black Caucus accused the GOP chairman of forcing black lawmakers to “go to the back of the bus.”

Meanwhile, three African-American men who have all worked personally with the attorney general nominee took turns before the Senate Judiciary Committee vouching for Sessions’ character and defending him from accusations of racism.

The dramatic testimony underscored the racial tensions surrounding the nomination of Sessions, whose bid for the federal judiciary in 1986 derailed amid allegations of racially improper behavior. Sessions and his allies have spent considerable capital fending off such attacks in this current nomination fight, and Sessions testified that accusations of racism were “damnably false charges.”
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