Since Mitch McConnell didn’t want America to hear Coretta Scott King’s letter about Jeff Sessions, we’ve included it in its entirety.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) effectively silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) when she began reading from a letter Coretta Scott King (widow of MLK) about Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, whom Donald Trump picked to head the Department of Justice. The reason for McConnell’s rebuke of Warren is ostensibly due to her violating senate decorum by besmirching the name of one of her senate colleagues (despite that colleague being up for a top-tier cabinet position).
However, Warren pointed out during the vote that she found it odd that the words of Coretta Scott King were not appropriate for a U.S. Senate debate. She nevertheless lost her fight to be able to speak about Sen. Sessions on a party-line 49-43 vote.
A few of the more damning excerpts on Sessions referred to his callous prosecution of Civil Rights Activists who were charged with felonies for simply helping elderly voters register in Perry County, Alabama.
“Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts,” King wrote in her 1986 letter, which was written specifically in opposition of his appointment to a federal judiciary post. “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.”
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“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 added.
Read the full letter, which we’ve included in its entirety below.
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Facebook.
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