During the confirmation hearing for U.S attorney general on Wednesday, William Smith, a former chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, stood up for Sen. Jeff Sessions and shut down any argument presented against him.
Smith’s testimony came after Sen. Cory Booker said Sessions should be disqualified from the position of attorney general because he has shown “hostility” towards civil rights.
“We have seen people who have never met Sen. Sessions claim to know him and know his heart. We have seen members of this body and members of the House of Representatives just now, who have worked with Sen. Sessions and praised him for his work, and now turn to attack him,” Smith said.
“He fought for sentencing reform, and not only did he fight for it; he accomplished it,” Smith continued. “He fought for civil rights. He prosecuted members of the Ku Klux Klan, and most importantly, he has fought for the liberty of all Americans, regardless of the color of their skin or their personal beliefs.”
Smith then went on to say any proof of Sessions being racist “does not exist.”
“After twenty years of knowing Sen. Sessions, I have not seen the slightest evidence of racism because it does not exist. I know a racist when I see one, and I’ve seen more than one, but Jeff Sessions is not one,” Smith said.
Smith’s testimony can be seen below:
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