Democratic Rep.: Having Our Sessions Testimony at End of Hearing Equivalent to Sitting at Back of Bus
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 11, 2017
Congressman Cedric Richmond, the current head of the Congressional Black Caucus, had some pretty strong words in response to the placement of his testimony and others during a Cabinet nomination hearing today.
The confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump pick for Attorney General, continued, featuring testimony from Richmond, congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, and Senator Cory Booker (it was of particular note that Booker decided to testify against his own Senate colleague).
But Richmond made the following argument about their testimonies being placed at the tail end of the confirmation process:
“I want to express my concerns about being made to testify at the very end of the witness panels. To have a senator, a House member, and a living civil rights legend testify at the end of all of this is the equivalent of being made to go to the back of the bus.”
At one point in his testimony Richmond implored senators to “be courageous or be complicit” in what Sessions will do as AG.
Watch the clip above, via ABC.
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