Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. raises several important points about the nominations of Senator Jeff Sessions to the post of Attorney General and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
He quotes from Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s reading of testimony by Coretta Scott King (which caused her to be rebuked by the Senate) and adds some thoughts of his own:
“’Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.’
“The Senate rejected Sessions as a judge 31 years ago. But now that he is our chief law enforcement officer, holding him accountable for how he vindicates or undermines civil rights and voting rights is a central task. So is rallying against all efforts in Republican-controlled states to pass new laws restricting the franchise, as many of them already have. The Department of Justice can’t be counted on to stop them.”
For the rest of the article, read here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-next-gop-assault-on-voting-rights/2017/02/12/1c775b4e-eff4-11e6-9973-c5efb7ccfb0d_story.html