The Politex Report #1204



Whether you support the mandate of your agency, whether you're a non-believer of hate crimes, climate change, government sanctions, public education, citizen's rights, or worker's rights, whether you're a misogynist, a racist, a vote suppressor, a torturer, or a crook, whether you've been properly vetted, the Republican Senate will confirm your TOTUS nomination to his minority administration. --JP

# African-American lawmakers to testify against Sessions

This one will hurt.

Two prominent African-American lawmakers, Representative John Lewis of Georgia, a civil rights hero, and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, will be the Democrats’ star witnesses against Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Mr. Trump’s nominee to be attorney general. Mr. Sessions’s nomination to be a federal judge in 1986 was derailed by allegations of racial bias, and he has drawn opposition from civil-rights groups.

Both lawmakers will have their own particular resonance. Mr. Lewis, a lieutenant of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, was beaten bloody on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., a seminal moment in the civil rights movement.

Mr. Booker, the former mayor of Newark, may lack the historical gravitas of Mr. Lewis, but he may hold more weight for one reason: He will be testifying against a fellow senator. He is believed to be the first sitting senator set to testify against a fellow sitting senator — ever.

--New York Times


Jeff Sessions, an extremist then and now - The Boston Globe

Jeff Sessions says there's no record of most of his interviews. Google begs to differ.

Sessions failed to disclose oil interests as required, ethics experts say - The Washington Post

The Voter Fraud Case Jeff Sessions Lost and Can’t Escape. NYT

Four Things To Watch For During Jeff Sessions' Confirmation Hearing, If Senate Accepts An Incomplete Vetting. BF

Specter of Race Shadows Jeff Sessions, Potential Trump Nominee for Cabinet, only second nominee spurned in 50 years.

Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general pick, would be a massive setback for civil rights - Vox

NAACP President Hammers Sessions on Voter Suppression. MSNBC

Jeff Sessions Has a History of Blocking Black Judges | Mother Jones

The Real Story of Jeff Sessions's Role in Prosecuting the Klan - The Atlantic

Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing to shine light on history of racism claims.


Donald Trump and His Cabinet of Criminals. Truthout

GOP Railroad: Ethics official warns against confirmations before reviews are complete. WP

Confirmation week: Background checks? We don't need no stinkin' background checks.

DC Watch: Republicans Railroad Confirmation Hearings, Vetted or Not, and Scorched Earth Vote-O- Rama in 3 Days. NYT


McConnell Not Following Confirmation Process He Demanded From Reid In '09

McConnell: Democrats need to ‘grow up’ and let Trump nominees get confirmed without background check. WP

Priebus: ‘No Reason’ to Postpone Confirmation Hearings for Background Checks.


Senate Hearings Begin for Wealthiest Cabinet in U.S. History Despite Lack of Vetting. DN

Republicans are embracing procedurally extreme tactics they never would have tolerated from Democrats.

Many of Trump's cabinet nominees have not been through ethics review

GOP ignores confirmation procedures, rushes ahead with Trump’s nominees

Senate Republicans Decide That Ethics Can Wait (Until next Dem administration.) Atlantic

Warren on nominees: ‘This is ridiculous,’ no confirmation hearings until ethics concerns addressed