On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin the two-day confirmation hearings for their colleague, Senator Jeff Sessions who is the president-elect’s nominee for Attorney General. Joining the number of voices who have spoken out against Sessions, is Khizr Khan, the gold-star father who was personally attacked in the press by the president-elect for speaking at the Democratic National Convention this summer.
In a letter, Khan worries that Sessions will receive “an incomplete and less than thorough” hearing, and he worries that this nomination will set back the civil rights progress America has made “thus far.”
People around the world look to our Constitution with envy. They are inspired by its promise of equal protection of the law to everyone — not just people from powerful families, or a favored ethnic group or religious community. During the past 50 years, the United States has taken many significant steps to make sure that equal protection of the law is not just a promise, but a reality. That is especially true for one of the most cherished rights we enjoy as U.S. citizens, the right to vote. Protecting this sacred right is one of the most important responsibilities of the Attorney General, and that is one reason this position cannot be entrusted to Mr. Sessions.
Khan, an attorney by trade, goes on to list a number of troubling factors from Sessions’s past, that will surely be brought up (if only by Democrats) during the two-day hearing. Khan joins more than 1,300 legal scholars and law professors who have publicly called for the Senate to reject Sessions for this post.
By way of a response, people campaigning for Sessions in the Senate and the press, are touting his “civil rights record,” though the attorneys who actually prosecuted those cases said Sessions had nothing to do with them.
Still, it seems unlikely that the Senators–who’ve served with Sessions for years–would reject their colleague for the Attorney General’s position, especially from within the Republican caucus.
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