Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) testified against Jeff Sessions, My AJC reports.
Lewis said “it doesn’t matter how Sen. Sessions may smile, how friendly he may be.”
“We need someone as attorney general who’s going to look out for all of us and not just for some of us,” Lewis said.
Lewis talked about growing up in segregated Alabama and working in the civil rights movement. He also wondered if Sessions’ lust to imprison and harm poor people and minorities.
“Those who are committed to equal justice in our society wonder whether Sen. Sessions’ call for ‘law and order’ will mean today what it meant in Alabama, when I was coming up back then,” Lewis said. “The rule of law was used to violate the human and civil rights of the poor, the dispossessed, people of color.”
Lewis and several members of the Congressional Black Caucus testified against Sessions, as did Sen. Booker. Their testimonies were scheduled by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley for the end of the hearing, to minimize their impact. A vote on Sessions’ appointment will come later this month.
Earlier Wednesday, another Georgian sat before the C-SPAN cameras to vouch for Sessions and his civil right record.
“Senator Sessions’ entire life in the arena of public service reflects these key characteristics of fair play and humility,” University of Georgia corporate law Prof. Larry Thompson said in testimony on Sessions behalf. “While being battered at times, he has worked hard, always with an eye to advancing the public good—and he has succeeded.”
(image via C-SPAN screengrab)