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MSNBC Panel: Senate Dems Need More Time to Grill ‘Bigot’ Jeff Sessions


<p>MSNBC&rsquo;s ever pleasant Joy Reid set her sights on Republican Senator Jeff Sessions on <em>All In</em> Thursday, with the usual accusation if racism. Reid and her panel of leftists were up in arms that congressional Republicans would only allow two days and four Democratic witnesses for Sessions&rsquo; attorney general confirmation hearing. &ldquo;<strong>They have asked for more time because Jeff Sessions hasn&#39;t completed his judiciary questionnaire. It&rsquo;s woefully incomplete. And there&rsquo;s a lot to get through,</strong>&rdquo; bemoaned Joan Walsh of <em>The Nation</em>.</p>

<p>&ldquo;<strong>The man had three days of hearings when he was rejected for a federal judgeship,</strong>&rdquo; she continued to whine, &ldquo;<strong>Only four witnesses and it will be only two days and there will be no delay despite the woefully inadequate disclosures that he&#39;s made.</strong>&rdquo; Walsh seemed to suggest that her claim of Sessions&rsquo; application being &ldquo;<strong>woefully incomplete</strong>&rdquo; was sourced by Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, not the most non-partisan place to get facts.</p>

<p>Reid found it &ldquo;shocking&rdquo; that Republicans would conduct a hearing in such a way. She turned panelist Jason Johnson from <em>The Root</em> for answers, &ldquo;<strong>Does that sound like it&#39;s feasible to get through all of the past that -- baggage Jeff Sessions is dragging with him to Washington?</strong>&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;<strong>It takes a long time to lay out how much of a bigot he is,</strong>&rdquo; Johnson smeared, as he let loss on the Senator and warned:</p>

<p><strong>Given the fact that, again, this guy was rejected you know 30 years ago, he has statements today and I think one of the things any witness would want to do is say, &ldquo;Look, not just that he may be a bigot but there are consequences to that attitude being in this position.&rdquo;</strong> <strong>And that requires time, that requires witnesses, that&#39;s clearly not something the Republican congress wants to do and</strong> <strong>there will be bad consequences for rushing this through when he actually has to adjudicate on behalf of this nation.</strong></p>

<p>All three of them conveniently forgot Sessions&rsquo; <a href="…; target="_blank">work as a prosecutor</a> in Alabama where he fought hard for the death penalty for a member of the Ku Klux Klan who kidnapped and murdered an African-American teenager. Sessions also <a href="…; target="_blank">shared their belief</a> that there is racial bias in policing. Such factual discrepancies are to be expected with Johnson because he has a history of making <a href="…; target="_blank">factually inaccurate</a> and <a href="…; target="_blank">discredited claims</a>.</p>

<p>But there was more to worry about according to Reid, who fretted for those who opposed Sessions&rsquo; nomination, &ldquo;<strong>Because you have criminal justice reform issues with him, obviously you have direct race issues, but you also have voting rights.</strong>&rdquo; She again failed to mention a key part of his history in the Senate, notably his vote to renew the Voting Rights Act.</p>

<p>The panel&rsquo;s willfulness to completely omit any positive aspect of Sessions&rsquo; record, in terms of race, demonstrates how they don&rsquo;t care about the facts.</p>