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Back in 1986, Coretta Scott King left a gem in the form of a letter opposing the (then) nomination of Jeff Sessions becoming a federal judge. The letter addressed Sessions’ record with regards to civil rights, which was instrumental in leading to the derailment of his nomination.
“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. 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.”
Read the full letter here.
This is the face page:
The letter recently resurfaced, 30 years later, as Sessions was set to be confirmed as the next U.S. Attorney General under the Trump administration. Senator Elizabeth Warren, in a rallying cry against his nomination, read the letter in a last ditch effort to sway the vote on the floor to, once again, derail a Sessions confirmation.
She was silenced, yet persistent. Sessions was later confirmed.
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