Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–January 11, 2017
Sen. Jeff Sessions
The letter that Coretta Scott King wrote to the Senate in 1986 when Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was up for a federal judgeship was never entered into the record. So, until now it hasn’t been available to the public.
According to Buzzfeed, Democrats cannot get the letter released as they are beholden to committee rules that give only Sen. Chuck Grassley the power to do that. The question is, can a Democratic senator just read it out loud as a part of their time?
But now the Washington Post has obtained the letter.
“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.”
”The irony of Mr. Sessions’ nomination is that, if confirmed, he will be given a life tenure for doing with a federal prosecution what the local sheriffs accomplished twenty years ago with clubs and cattle prods,” she wrote, later adding: “I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect on not only the judicial system in Alabama, but also on the progress we have made toward fulfilling my husband’s dream.”
This letter was buried in 1986 by then committee chairman Strom Thurmond. It’s easy to see that he and Sessions would have gotten along famously.
The full letter can be read here.
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