Cory Booker Takes Stage To Rail Against Jeff Sessions Nomination

By Tal Kopan

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker gave an impassioned and unprecedented plea to the Senate to vote against Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general and his fellow senator, Jeff Sessions.

Booker delivered an emotional five minutes of testimony flanked by members of the Congressional Black Caucus that Sessions’ record on civil rights disqualifies him from serving atop the Justice Department under President-elect Trump.

“The arc of the moral universe does not just naturally curve toward justice, we must bend it,” Booker said. “America needs an attorney general who is resolute and determined to bend the arc. Sen. Sessions record does not speak to that desire, intention or will.”

Booker became the first sitting senator to testify against a fellow sitting senator at a confirmation hearing for a Cabinet position. His panel with other lawmakers and supporters of Sessions was added to the hearings at the request of the top Democrat on the committee, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The effort was mostly for show, as Republicans have a majority in the Senate and are likely to confirm their Alabama colleague after two days of testimony.

Still, Booker said his “conscience” and “country” motivated him to speak out, even though he acknowledged he has enjoyed “collegiality” with Sessions, working on a bill to give the Congressional Gold Medal to civil rights marchers.

“Law and order without justice is unobtainable,” Booker said. “They are inextricably tied together. If there is no justice, there is no peace.”

Booker said Sessions would not achieve the needs of the Justice Department in protecting civil rights.

“In many times in his career, he has demonstrated a hostility toward these convictions,” Booker said.

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  1. Hippocracy is one of my favorite things in this world. Here is a video of Sen. Booker Praising Sessions for his efforts in the civil rights movement. Here’s a gem of a quote ” I am humbled to be able to participate here in paying tribute to some of the extra ordinary Americans who’s foot steps paved the way for me and my generation.” So that’s an interesting change in opinion. I believe that if your were to report the whole story not only would you receive more traffic but your organization would come across as a leader in your field.

    It would be greatly appreciated if CBS would report the full story instead of creating a narrative that gets clicks for there site. Journalism is a special thing in this country and to see it slip off in the way that it has in recent years is truly sad. I’m referring to both sides of the isle when I make these comments. America as a whole need to hold news organizations to a higher standard and the only way to do so is by being alert educated citizens that know the facts. With that being said CBS you have lost my clicks, follows, and patronage.

    http://www.hannity.com/articles/election-493995/watch-senator-cory-booker-praised-jeff-15456331/

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