This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee began confirmation hearings for Sen. Jeff Sessions , President-elect Donald’s Trump’s nominee for attorney general.
In his opening statement, Sessions told his Senate colleagues that they know he is a firm believer in equal justice under the law:
I come before you today as a colleague who has worked with you for years, and with some of you for 20 years.
You know who I am. You know what I believe in. You know that I am a man of my word and can be trusted to do what I say I will do. You know that I revere our Constitution and that I am committed to the rule of law. And you know that I believe in fairness, impartiality, and equal justice under the law.
It remains to be seen if the Senator can convince Democrats in Congress of his beliefs, but he already has the support — and endorsement — of a group of black pastors, who held a press conference on Capitol Hill on Monday.
CNS News provides a video of the comments on of the pastors, Rev. Dean Nelson, who is chairman of the board for the Frederick Douglass Foundation and director of African-American Outreach for the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall. A transcript follows:
Sen. Jeff Sessions has consistently demonstrated respect and care for people of all races while serving in his home state of Alabama. He has, in fact, worked relentlessly on the side of desegregation and justice.
His reputation as a formidable champion for the rule of law has benefitted all of the citizens that he has served.
As an example of Sessions’s dedication, Nelson noted that he helped prosecute and insisted on the death penalty for Ku Klux Klan (KKK) member Henry Francis Hays, who had abducted and killed a black teenager.