Senator Cory Booker’s Unprecedented Testimony At the Sessions Hearing

Senator Cory Booker’s Unprecedented Testimony At the Sessions Hearing

Yesterday during Senator Jeff Session confirmation hearing for Attorney General in an unprecedented move Cory Booker testified against him. In the history of the Senate, this has never been done before.

Business Insider reports that Booker:

“Broke with longstanding Senate tradition. The New Jersey Democrat assailed the record of Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, saying the Republican’s voting record suggests a “hostility” toward civil rights and criminal justice reform.”

Booker stated:

“Sen. Sessions has not demonstrated a commitment to a central requisite of the job: to aggressively pursue the congressional mandate of civil rights, equal rights, and justice for all of our citizens,” Booker said before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “In fact, at numerous times in his career, he has demonstrated a hostility towards these convictions and has worked to frustrate attempts to advance these ideals.”

Republicans have criticized Booker’s testimony stating it was self-serving grab at the headlines. Senator Booker stated that:

“I believe, like perhaps all of my colleagues in the Senate, that in the choice between standing with Senate norms or standing up for what my conscience tells me is best for our country, I will always choose conscience and country,”

Senator Booker made small headlines yesterday being the first Senator to testify against another Senator during a confirmation hearing. Booker was complimented for his bravery and break with tradition from Democrats, and Republicans slammed Booker for grabbing headlines. It could be that the thought of Senator Sessions as Attorney General frighten him. During his testimony, Booker said he was

“standing up for what my conscience tells me is best for our country”

Senator Booker at times has been moderate and when it came to some issues had criticized the Obama administration. This would indicate that Senator Booker does have a strong conscious, speaking out against one of the nation’s most popular President is not for the light-hearted. Could it be possible that the Democrats put Booker in play to see what he could do and create some momentum?
The Democrat’s bench lacks young inspiring leadership and they are desperate to recapture the Obama magic. Instead of reaching out to the American people and telling them why Senator Session’s is a terrible choice for Attorney General the Democrats go for a cheap headline grab. Isn’t that the same style of politics that got us stuck with Trump.

Source: Business Insider