Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SHAME!: Republicans Block Reading Of Letter From Martin Luther King JR's Widow At Sessions' Confirmation Hearing (VIDEO)

In 1986, 30 years ago, then prosecutor Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III was nominated by Ronald Reagan to serve as a federal judge.

He was denied the position.

The reason being was that during the hearings for Sessions' nomination it was brough to light that he had been involved in many racially incendiary incidents and made many racially insensitive remarks. This included calling his former deputy Thomas Figures, a black man, "boy", describing the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union as “un-American” and called the Voting Rights Act “intrusive.

His nomination was so odious that Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jrs' widow, felt compelled to write a letter to be read at the proceedings asking that Sessions not be nominated. In the letter Mrs. King stated that During his time as a prosecutor in Alabama, “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.” and that allowing Sessions to join the federal bench would “irreparably damage the work of my husband.

Mrs. King sent the letter to the then-Judiciary Committee Chair Strom Thurmond, an unapologetic racist and long time segregationist. He decided it best not to turn in the letter whereupon he filed it away in private protest and it was never read at the hearings.

Thanks to historians the letter was found last year.

Fast forward to today as the Senate is presently holding hearings for Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III as he has once again been nominated, this time by the Trump administration, to be this countries chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer as it's Attorney General.

Needless to say Session's past indiscretions involving his racist predilections has been a centerpiece of the opposition to his nomination.

 Senator Warren reading Correta Scott King's letter on the Senate floor

Tonight during Sessions' confirmation hearing Senator Elisabeth Warren decided it was time that Corretta Scott King's letter saw the light of day and began to read the recently unearthed letter to the Senate gallery.

It was at that point when Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rose and objected to Sen. Warren's reading of the letter written by Coretta Scott King. McConnell then invoked Rule XIX, which says that...

No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” 

The Republican presiding in the chair, Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, agreed with McConnell, ruling her in violation of the order and forced Warren to sit down.

Senator Warren replied...

I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate,

Watch the exchange below...

Hours after GOP leaders blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren from reading the letter at the confirmation hearing Jeff Merkley, in defiance of the Senates order, picked up the letter and read the document uninterrupted.

Please read Coretta Scott King's full letter below...

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