Impugning a Senator

Senator Elizabeth Warren was just asked to leave the Senate floor for attempting to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King that addresses Senator Jeff Sessions. The vote to uphold the finding was upheld. The letter was written in response to then US Attorney Sessions appointment to be a federal judge. His appointment was a spectacular failure in large part because of this letter.

In what universe is reading a letter written by a civil rights leader about a nominee to be our Attorney General impugning him? Here is that letter

Here is an excerpt:

“Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts,” King wrote in the cover page of her nine-page letter opposing Sessions’s nomination, which failed. “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.”

Thirty years later, Sessions, now a senator, is again undergoing confirmation hearings as President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, and he is facing fierce opposition from civil rights groups.

In the letter, King writes that Sessions’s ascension to the federal bench “simply cannot be allowed to happen,” arguing that as a U.S. attorney, the Alabama lawmaker pursued “politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions” and that he “lacks the temperament, fairness and judgment to be a federal judge.” She said Sessions’s conduct in prosecuting civil rights leaders in a voting-fraud case “raises serious questions about his commitment to the protection of the voting rights of all American citizens.”

“The irony of Mr. Sessions’ nomination is that, if confirmed, he will be given a life tenure for doing with a federal prosecution what the local sheriffs accomplished twenty years ago with clubs and cattle prods,” she wrote, later adding, “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 toward fulfilling my husband’s dream.”

Someone sure doesn’t want that entered into the record and a large number of Senators are shaming Senator Warren for attempting to have it so. Share the letter everywhere you can!

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