Chaos at Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing: Protesters dressed as the KKK crash Senate committee to call Trump’s pick for attorney general a ‘racist’ as he’s joined by his young grandkids
The early minutes of Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing were interrupted by protesters shouting the attorney general nominee down
Sessions brought along four of his 10 grandchildren and introduced his family members and joked about football in the lead off of the two-day hearing
The senator’s civil rights record will be heavily scrutinized with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. John Lewis slated to speak out against his appointment
By Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter
10 January 2017
Before Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general Jeff Sessions even got a chance to speak, several protesters dressed like members of the Ku Klux Klan made their views known as they shouted down ‘Jefferson Bearegard’ and called the senator a ‘racist.’
In the early moments of the hearing, Sessions sat in the crowd with one of his granddaughters on his knee – four of his 10 grandkids were on hand – as Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the committee, brought of the Ku Klux Klan too – but Sessions’ record in going after it.
Grassley talked about how Sessions oversaw the investigation of Klansman Francis Hays ‘for the brutal abduction and murder of a black teenager Michael Donald.’
‘He made sure that case was brought to state court where the defendant was eligible for and received the punishment that he justly deserved: the death penalty,’ Grassley said.
Sessions’ record on civil rights will be front and center in the scheduled two-day hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the same committee that voted down a federal district court judgeship for Sessions in 1986, over a number of racially-insensitive comments that came out.