Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wrote a scathing letter opposing Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) nomination as Donald Trump’s attorney general by citing his racist past.
In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick recalled a 1985 voting rights case in which he defended three Alabama residents against “an act of extraordinary quasi-judicial activism” by then U.S. attorney for the state’s southern district, Jeff Sessions. Patrick’s team won the case, but stated his letter that it was “a cautionary tale.”
Patrick wrote, “In a republic based on law, this is not the kind of risk any of us should accept in our attorney general.”
“I believe it demonstrates what can happen when prosecutorial discretion is unchecked, when regard for facts is secondary to political objectives,” he wrote. “In a republic based on law, this is not the kind of risk any of us should accept in our attorney general,” Patrick added.
“Donald Trump was not my candidate, but he is my president-elect,” Patrick wrote. He said he would not blindly oppose everything that Trump does but said Sessions nomination is a line too far when the country needs healing.
“At a time when our Nation is so divided, when so many feel so deeply that their lived experience is unjust, Mr. Sessions is the wrong person to place in charge of our justice system,” Patrick wrote.
Patrick’s letter comes days after NAACP activists staged sit-in at Sessions offices in Alabama. North Carolina activist Rev. Barber slammed Sessions as Jim Crow, Esq., during an appearance on MSNBC’s AM Joy. We have also been very critical of Sessions in the past, when he was the point-man during the confirmation of SCOTUS justice Elena Kagan.