aside May A Letter From The Past By Coretta Scott King Haunt Jeff Sessions

In this image from Senate Television, Sen. Elizabeth
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UPDATE ON EVENING ON 2/8/17: Senator Jeff Sessions has been confirmed to be our next US Attorney General. 

Last night, 2/7/17, Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced by the Republican Majority Speaker, Senator Mitch McConnell for daring to read from a letter penned by the late Coretta Scott King. It was said that Senator Warren was impugning the reputation of Senator Jeff Sessions and because of this assertion, and with the use of Senate “rule 19,” she has been relegated to her corner throughout the confirmation hearings of Senator Jeff Sessions as he moves toward becoming the next US attorney general.

But she would not go quietly into that good night. She stepped outside the Senate’s hearing room, to start reading Coretta Scott King’s letter for the benefit of social media and later, she was a guest on the MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show to tell her shocking story.

It turns out that in 1986, Coretta Scott King wrote a letter to register her wish that Jeff Sessions not be confirmed for a federal judgeship position. The former Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Strom Thurmond never submitted the letter into the Congressional record. BuzzFeed was able to locate this letter.

On 1/10/17, Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post has written about the story regarding this letter, “Read the letter Coretta Scott King wrote opposing Sessions’s 1986 federal nomination.” (See link below for access to the letter.)Image result for PHOTO OF SENATOR WARREN ABOUT READING OF LETTER

“The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. urged Congress to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge, saying that allowing him to join the federal bench would “irreparably damage the work of my husband,” according to the letter written by King that was previously publicly unavailable and obtained on Tuesday by The Post.”

“Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts,” King wrote in the cover page of her 9-page letter opposing Sessions’s nomination, which failed at the time.Image result for photo of coretta scott king

“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.”

“Thirty years later, (Jeff) Sessions, now himself a senator, is again undergoing confirmation hearings as President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, and is facing fierce opposition from civil rights groups.”

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“In the letter, King writes that Sessions’s ascension to the federal bench “simply cannot be allowed to happen,” arguing that as a U.S. attorney, the Alabama lawmaker pursued “politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions” and that he “lacks the temperament, fairness and judgment to be a federal judge.” She said Sessions’s conduct in prosecuting civil rights leaders in a voting fraud case “raises serious questions about his commitment to the protection of the voting rights of all American citizens.”

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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 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.”

”During the 1986 hearing, the letter and King’s opposition became a crucial part of the argument against (Jeff) Sessions’s confirmation. Current Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has not previously released the letter, which committee rules grant him the sole authority to reveal.”

Link to letter:

Coretta Scott King’s 1986 statement and testimony on Jeff Sessions’s   …https://www.documentcloud.org/…/3259988-ScottKing1986Letter-and-Testimony-…Coretta Scott King’s 1986 statement and testimony on Jeff Sessions’s U.S. District Court nomination in Alabama. Contents. (PDF) ».

11 comments

  1. When someone has to suppress the reading of a letter now twice, that shows there is some question about his candidacy. This is when leaders act like politicians and not leaders. I saw in my news feed, that Trump is claiming the media is playing the race card with his administration. Yes, they are. Why? Because he appointed Steve Bannon as a key advisor, who is a racist, xenophobic, saber rattler.

    • Dear Keith,

      How long do you think it will take for DT to figure this out before Steve Bannon is history? The New York Times published a report indicating that DT was caught unawares that he signed an executive order which gave Mr. Bannon a seat on the NSC where the principles meet but he still has his job.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, an attorney who worked for DT said he will like you as sychophant, but eventually you will do something he does not like, so he will trash you. When bad things happen, it simply cannot be his fault, so someone has to take the fall. He is likely seeing Conway as harmul, so he will likely ditch her in the near future, and Bannon better be mindful of not embarrassing DT, as he will be toast, as well. It would be interesting if this NY Times piece is true. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          The NY Times is an entity that would expect its reporters to have a solid source before publication but I have not noted this same assertion elsewhere.

          Ciao, Gronda

        • Gronda, I have no problem believing him that Bannon did not fully brief DT on the travel ban, which they reported. I agree they would vet their sources, but this one sounds fishy. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      This is why I haven’t blogged on that story about Steve Bannon even if it was posted in the NY Times.According to various reporters. the DT team is leaking like a sieve. But if the story is of any significance, I want to see it reported elsewhere. Even the dossier exposed by BuzzFeed was reported also on CNN and Mother Jones.There is a story published by Independent, a UK publication stating that the Generals talked DT into approving the Yemen debacle by telling him that President Obama would not do this mission. Again, I have not seen this story repeated elsewhere.

      Ciao, Gronda

      Ciao, Gronda

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