Civil rights group protests Trump’s U.S. Attorney General pick

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By Letitia Stein

Members of the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP) vowed to occupy Sessions’ Mobile, Alabama
office until the conservative Republican lawmaker either
withdrew as a candidate or they were arrested.

Sessions, 70, has a history of controversial positions on
race, immigration and criminal justice reform and the NAACP also
held demonstrations at his other offices in Alabama.

“Senator Sessions has callously ignored the reality of voter
suppression but zealously prosecuted innocent civil rights
leaders on trumped-up charges of voter fraud,” NAACP President
and CEO Cornell William Brooks said in a news release. “As an
opponent of the vote, he can’t be trusted to be the chief law
enforcement officer for voting rights.”

Brooks posted a photo on Twitter of protesters in suits
occupying the senator’s Mobile office.

A spokeswoman for Sessions called the NAACP’s criticisms “false portrayals … that have been thoroughly rebuked and
discredited.”

“Jeff Sessions has dedicated his career to upholding the
rule of law, ensuring public safety and prosecuting government
corruption,” spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. “Many African-American leaders who’ve known him for decades
attest to this and have welcomed his nomination to be the next
Attorney General.”

President-elect Donald Trump in November named Sessions to
lead the Justice Department and the FBI, and his history could
see scrutiny during a confirmation process before his fellow
senators.

Sessions was a federal prosecutor in 1986 when he became
only the second nominee in 50 years to be denied confirmation as
a federal judge. This came after allegations that he made racist
remarks, including testimony that he had called an
African-American prosecutor “boy,” an allegation Sessions
denied.

Sessions denied he was a racist and said at his hearing that
groups such as the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union
could be considered “un-American.”

He also acknowledged that he had called the Voting Rights
Act of 1965 a “piece of intrusive legislation.”



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