Attorney General Jeff Sessions Stands Strong During First Day Of Hysterical Senate Confirmation Hearings
I personally hate these nonsensical Senate proceedings, especially when we consider the fact that the odds of Alabama Senator/Attorney General Jeff Sessions being denied his nomination are slim to none.
Very few Republican politicians, even TOP CUCKS like John McCain and Lindsey “Love My Pre-Pubescent Pizza” Graham, would dare to rule against men like Sessions at this point in time, knowing full-well that such actions would spell the death of their careers.
But still, to hear a man who is likely one of the most quietly hardcore racists left in the federal government (Rep. Steve King might be the only competitor) be forced to deny his beliefs is tough.
I understand that it’s necessary in order to keep things smooth and steady, but I would rather see these hearings abolished during Trump’s Presidency.
That being said, only a Southerner like Sessions would be able to retain the calm composure needed to withstand days of this foolishness without exploding into a violent tirade, and for that, we should all be grateful.
From Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general, forcefully rejected accusations that he has racist views, and departed from several of Mr. Trump’s campaign stances during a Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday that drew tough questioning from his Democratic colleagues.
Mr. Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, said he doesn’t support a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., as Mr. Trump once proposed, and noted that the use of waterboarding is illegal under current law. Mr. Trump has advocated using that practice more frequently on terror suspects.
The nominee said he wouldn’t serve as a rubber stamp for the incoming administration and would recuse himself on any pending investigation into Mr. Trump’s opponent during the presidential campaign, Democrat Hillary Clinton. “You have to say ‘no’ sometimes…for the good of the country,” Mr. Sessions said at the start of the hearing in the Senate, which is set to elevate one of its most conservative members to run the Justice Department.
The hearing was the first of what is likely to be a contentious series of committee meetings in coming days to consider Mr. Trump’s picks for cabinet posts and other top jobs, some of whom have drawn sharp complaints from critics. Few, if any, of the selections will be rejected, given Republicans’ 52-48 Senate majority, but Democrats plan to use the hearings to highlight Mr. Trump’s more controversial positions and elicit commitments from his top officials to follow established policies.
Mr. Sessions’s hearing followed a dance likely to be repeated at many of the hearings: Democrats criticized Mr. Trump and raised questions about parts of Mr. Sessions’s record, but apparently did little to hurt his chances of confirmation. The senators often showed the deference they typically afford colleagues nominated to high positions.
Democrats frequently pressed issues of race, and protesters periodically interrupted the proceedings to shout such slogans as “No Trump! No KKK!” They were escorted out by Capitol Police.
Mr. Sessions said allegations that he is sympathetic to groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, or is otherwise racially biased, are “damnably false.” The issue of race has hovered over the selection of Mr. Sessions to be the nation’s top law-enforcement officer in part because his 1986 nomination to be a federal judge was rejected amid racial concerns.
At his 1986 hearing, Mr. Sessions was asked about allegations that he told a black federal prosecutor in Alabama that he had thought the KKK “was O.K. until I found out they smoked pot.” Mr. Sessions suggested then that his comment wasn’t meant to be taken seriously, and that it was “ludicrous” to think he supported the group.
At Tuesday’s hearing, responding to another allegation, Mr. Sessions said he had never declared that the NAACP was un-American. He said he was warning that the group could be perceived that way by some people if it continued voicing support for Latin American communist groups.
Mr. Sessions engaged in a contentious exchange with Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.), who suggested the nominee had exaggerated the degree to which he worked on some significant cases, based on what some lawyers in those cases have said. “Our country needs an attorney general who doesn’t misrepresent or inflate,” Mr. Franken said.
On another hot-button issue, Mr. Sessions reiterated his belief that voter ID laws, if drafted properly, are legitimate. But he said he would follow whatever the courts decide. Civil-rights groups have argued that such laws are intended to discourage minorities from voting, and cite voting-rights issues as one of their biggest concerns under a Trump administration.
Mr. Sessions said he wouldn’t take part in any further action against Mrs. Clinton, acknowledging that some of his comments during the campaign could lead to a perception of bias. An early supporter of Mr. Trump, Mr. Sessions had called for a special prosecutor to investigate her.
Mr. Sessions’s announcement that he will recuse himself on Clinton-related matters is likely to focus attention on Mr. Trump’s selection for deputy attorney general, who will now presumably make those calls. The president-elect hasn’t announced the selection yet.