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‘I Abhor the Klan’: Jeff Sessions Clarifies Previous Racial Allegations in Opening Statement

During his opening remarks Tuesday morning from Capitol Hill, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions kicked off his confirmation hearing to become our nation’s newest Attorney General by eschewing many of the allegations that have dogged his political career in the past.

Sessions, whose confirmation hearing in 1986 to become a District Court judge was marred with allegations of racial insensitivity and workplace discrimination, addressed his alleged skeletons head on. Sessions said Tuesday that although he has been accused of “harboring, amazing, sympathies for the KKK, these are damnably false charges.”

“I abhor the Klan, and what it represents and its hateful ideology,” he said Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill.

He continued, “I never declared the NAACP was un-American, or that a civil rights attorney was a ‘disgrace to his race,'” clarifying further. “There is nothing I am more proud of than my fourteen years of service in the Department of Justice.”

During his 1986 confirmation hearings, Sessions allegedly called his longtime African American assistant Thomas Figures “boy,” and once allegedly agreed with an assessment that a white lawyer was “a disgrace to his race” for representing black clients.

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