Type to search

Watch: Al Franken Dismantles Sessions’ Dubious Civil Rights Record

Congress Media Politics Technology Top News US

Watch: Al Franken Dismantles Sessions’ Dubious Civil Rights Record

Al Franken

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was approved along party lines Wednesday, but not before Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) exposed the Alabama senator’s dismal civil rights record and its dishonest representation by his colleagues in the Senate.

“I know Senator Sessions. We served together since I joined this body… and I know his record on voting rights,” Franken bellowed. “He’s no champion of voting rights.”

“He called the Voting Rights Act intrusive and complained about states with [a] history of discrimination being subject to preclearance. But here you seem to be trumpeting his personal involvement in three voting rights cases and one school desegregation case,” Franken pointed out.

He then explained why, given Sessions’ previous experience and the concern civil rights advocates had expressed about his nomination, it appeared the Republicans were attempting to “revise some of that history and to recast [Sessions] as a civil rights champion.”

“And as it turns out that’s exactly what was going on,” Franken noted. “Three attorneys who worked on three of those four cases wrote an op-ed stating that Senator Sessions had no substantive involvement in the cases that he listed as being among the top that he had personally handled during his entire career, and two of those attorneys also submitted testimony to that effect.”

Watch the tense exchange below:

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

IMAGE: John Taylor via Flickr



  1. TZToronto February 2, 2017

    I guess Lyin’ Ted had something better to do. If he had been at the hearing, he could have lied for himself without having another liar do it for him.

  2. christopher.woodall February 3, 2017

    I was paid $104,000 last year by doing an on-line job from home a­n­d I was able to do it by work­ing part time for several hours a day. I’m using an earning model I found on-line and I am so amazed that I was able to earn so much money. It’s user-friendly a­­n­­d I am just so grateful that i found it. Here’s what I do… http://statictab.com/8cx4rgs


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.