Senate GOP confirms Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General by the Republican majority in the Senate this month despite serious objections raised over Sessions’s record of racism and suppression of voting rights.

The Senate voted along partisan lines 52 to 47, with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joining the Republicans, to approve Sessions’s controversial nomination.

Read more: Election 2014: Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’s voting records & positions on key issues

Before the vote, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Massachusetts) attempted to read a letter submitted by Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., to the Senate in 1986 objecting to Sessions’s then-nomination as a federal judge, but Warren was silenced by Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, who invoked the obscure rule 19 prohibiting statements that “impute to another Senator…any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator”.

King’s letter was instrumental in scuttling Sessions’s nomination in 1986. Her letter offered a concise and compelling account of how Sessions abused his position as a federal prosecutor to disenfranchise African-American voters during the 1980s.

Sessions brought criminal charges against three African-American civil rights activists for helping older, illiterate African-Americans exercise their hard-fought right to vote by casting absentee ballots.

Although Sessions lost the 1984 case, King condemned Sessions for using “the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens”.

“Mr. Sessions’ conduct as a U.S. Attorney, from his politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions to his indifference toward criminal violations of civil rights laws, indicates that he lacks the temperament, fairness and judgment to be a federal judge,” wrote King.

She concluded, “Based on his record, I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect on not only the judicial system in Alabama, but also on the progress we have made everywhere toward fulfilling my husband’s dream that he envisioned over twenty years ago.”

Learn More:

Election 2014: Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’s voting records & positions on key issues

List of 52 Senators who voted for the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

List of 47 Senators who voted against the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

List of 49 Republican Senators who voted to bar Sen. Elizabeth Warren from reading Coretta Scott Martin’s letter on Sen. Jeff Sessions’s racist attempt to suppress African-American votes

List of 43 Democratic Senators who voted to allow Sen. Elizabeth Warren to read Coretta Scott Martin’s letter on Sen. Jeff Sessions’s racist attempt to suppress African-American votes

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recitation of Coretta Scott King’s letter opposing Jeff Sessions’s federal judge nomination – Part 1

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recitation of Coretta Scott King’s letter opposing Jeff Sessions’s federal judge nomination – Part 2

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recitation of Coretta Scott King’s letter opposing Jeff Sessions’s federal judge nomination – Part 3

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recitation of Coretta Scott King’s letter opposing Jeff Sessions’s federal judge nomination – Part 4

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General – Part 1

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General – Part 2

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General – Part 3

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General – Part 4

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General – Part 5

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General – Part 6

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General – Part 7

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General – Part 8

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General – Part 9

Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General – Part 10

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warren.senate.gov: Coretta Scott King’s letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing Jeff Sessions’s confirmation as a federal judge – March 1986 (PDF)

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