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Dems in Congress testify against Sessions nomination

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>> Donald Trump's pick to run the US Department of Justice, so controversial to some, that sitting members of Congress spoke out Wednesday against elevating Senator Jeff Sessions to the role of Attorney General.>> I know it is exceptional for a senator to testify against another senator nominated for a cabinet position.
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That in the choice between standing with Senate norms, or standing up for what my conscience tells me is best for our country, I will always choose conscience and country.>> New Jersey Democratic Senator, Cory Booker, criticized what he described as Sessions' disqualifying record on fighting discrimination.>> America was founded heralding not law and order but justice for all.
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>> As a federal prosecutor in 1985, Sessions charged black Democratic activists in Alabama with voter fraud. Charges that were ultimately dismissed. But that case has Democrats worried. They say Sessions' record suggests he would not use the DOJ to protect voting rights. Civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis, warning, hard won victories could be rolled back.
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>> We have come a distance, we have made progress, but we're not there yet. There are forces that wanna take us back to another place.>> We don't wanna go back. We wanna go forward.>> In 1986, the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected Sessions' nomination to a federal judgeship, largely due to concerns of racial bias.
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But Sessions denied those claims Tuesday, saying, he never used derogatory terms for African Americans or had anything but disdain for the Ku Klux Klan. Despite the Democrats' rare show of protest, the Republican controlled Senate is expected to confirm Sessions as the next US Attorney General.