New Jersey Senator Cory Booker will testify against fellow Senator Jeff Sessions as the Alabaman seeks confirmation as Donald Trump’s attorney general. Sessions is among Trump’s most controversial picks because of his questionable record on race relations. Booker’s decision to testify against him comes because Booker sees the “immense powers” of the attorney general as particularly dangerous in this time in the nation’s history.
Citing the “challenges we have with our policing, a lot of challenges we have with race relations, gay and lesbian relations,” Booker said his decision to testify against Sessions was essentially a “call to conscience.” The attorney general sets the tone for the conduct and practices of law enforcement across the country. Sessions began his confirmation hearings by declaring: “I abhor the Klan and its hateful ideology.” He also said: “I never declared the NAACP was un-American.”