Jeff Sessions on 1986 Allegations of Racism: 'I Abhor the Klan'

Donald Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
3:15 | 01/10/17

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Transcript for Jeff Sessions on 1986 Allegations of Racism: 'I Abhor the Klan'
Let me address and others issue straight on. I was accused in 1986. Up failing to protect the voting rights of African Americans are reasoning appears can case. The voter fraud case. And I've condemning civil rights advocates and organizations. And even hop harboring amazingly sympathies for the KKK. These and bowling ball chart. The voter fraud case my office prosecuted was in response to pleas from. African Americans in com elected officials who claimed that the absentee ballot process. Involved a situation in which ballots cast for him. Was stolen altered and cast for their opponents the prosecution sought to protect the integrity at the now. Not to block. It was a voting rights case. As to that KKK. I invited civil rights attorneys from Washington DC to help us bombing. Very difficult investigation. Into the an unconscionable. Horrendous debt young African American coming home from the 7-Eleven story and I simply because he was. His mock Michael Dahl. And actively back the attorneys throughout the case and they broke decades that effort led to make guilty plea and life sentence in port on one defendant. His testimony against this other defendant. There was no federal death penalty at that felt that this death penalty was appropriate in this case. Now pushed and it Friday in state court which was done. That defendant was indeed convicted and sentenced to death in ten years lighter ironically as Alabama's attorney general. My staff participated in the defense of that verdict and sentence and a few months after I became United States. Senator. That murdering plans laws in the execute. Up or to plan and what it represents in his hateful ideology. I'm insisted on March the that saw them probably Lawson and his lawsuit that led to successful. Collapse of the plan at least in Alabama the seizure of their building at least for that period of time. As civil rights division attorneys have testified before the committee. I supported fully there historic cases that the Justice Department filed to advance civil rights and that I support. Including cases to desegregate schools abolished at large elections for cities county commissions and screw board. These at large elections. We're mechanism used to block African American candidates from being able to be elected to boards and commissions. It was a deliberate and part of basis plan. She repeats the ability of African Americans to have influence in the election. Governing process. I'm never declared that NAACP. Was on American or that a civil rights attorney was a disgrace to his rights. There is not. I am more proud. And my fourteen years of service in the department just.

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