Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., was set to be back in the spotlight Wednesday as the Senate Judiciary Committee continued to weigh his nomination to become President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general. The second day of Sessions' confirmation hearing was scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. EST and include testimony from people like Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and NAACP President Cornell Brooks.
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Trump nominated Sessions, a 20-year senator, in November, saying in a news release that Sessions was "a world-class legal mind" who was "greatly admired by legal scholars and virtually everyone who knows him."
But the appointment wasn't so well-received among civil rights advocates, many of whom brought up a 1986 hearing regarding Sessions' nomination for U.S. district judge for the southern district of Alabama. During the hearing, Sessions was accused of racist actions including calling a black assistant "boy" and criticizing a white colleague for choosing to represent black customers, according to ABC News.
"Based on the disdain for our nation’s civil rights laws that Senator Sessions has consistently demonstrated throughout his career, his fitness to be the chief protector and enforcer of them falls into dire question," the NAACP's Brooks said in a statement. "Senator Sessions’ record suggests that he will carry on an old, ugly legacy in this country’s history when civil rights for African-Americans, women and minorities were not regarded as core American values."
Sessions spent more than 10 hours Tuesday responding to questions from his colleagues, but Wednesday's hearing was all about witness testimony. People due to take the stand in support of Sessions included former attorney general Michael Mukasey, and people speaking out against him included American Civil Liberties Union Legal Director David Cole, the Washington Post reported.
And, during all of this, Trump himself was set to hold his first news conference since July Wednesday. The president-elect — who was recently the subject of an unsubstantiated report claiming Russia had compromising information on him — was due to speak at 11 a.m. EST in New York City.