Jeff Sessions Wanted to ‘Drop the Case’ Against KKK Lynching, Attorney Testified – The Daily Beast – Today Jeff Sessions claims credit for prosecuting a lynching by the Ku Klux Klan as proof that he is not a racist, but an attorney working for him claimed 30 years ago his boss wanted to drop the case. Confirmation hearings will begin Tuesday for Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, and they’re sure to include questions that were raised when he was nominated for a federal judgeship in 1986. His confirmation was derailed largely by the testimony of Thomas Figures, an assistant U.S. attorney in Alabama when Sessions was U.S. attorney. Figures’s claims that Sessions made racist remarks have resurfaced recently, but overlooked is a more serious allegation that Sessions sought to go soft on investigating the lynching of a black man by two Klansmen. Figures testified to several examples of his former boss’s alleged racial insensitivity before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying Sessions had once told him that “he believed the NAACP, the SCLC, Operation PUSH, and the National Council of Churches were all un-American organizations teaching anti-American values.” On one occasion, when Figures upbraided Sessions’s secretary over what he felt was an inappropriate personal comment she made to him, he said Sessions had summoned him to his office and admonished him to “be careful what you say to white folks.” Figures was black.
Sessions and his supporters, then as now, defend his civil rights record based on several cases to which Figures was also assigned, including the conviction of Henry Hays for the 1981 murder by lynching of Michael Donald.
Goldie Taylor—With Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump Begins Dismantling Barack Obama’s Justice Department – The Daily Beast – Sessions, who once even “suggested a white lawyer working for black clients was a race traitor” and “joked that the only issue he had with the Ku Klux Klan was their drug use,” was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and now serves on the Judiciary Committee—the very same body that spurned him in 1986. Nominated by then President Ronald Reagan, the 39-year-old went on to earn a “F” for his Senate voting record by the NAACP—an organization Sessions calls “un-American.” Those things should disqualify him from public service—whether serving in the Senate, leading the Justice Department or running the county animal shelter. But Sessions—once deemed “the most racist man in the Senate”—has been among Donald Trump’s most fervent loyalists. A Confederate flag devotee, he was on the campaign, early and hard, when others flat out refused to be caught in the same room with the former real-estate developer. Where others had shame, Sessions beamed with pride.
Sessions has long been a proponent of immigration restriction, and was one of the first to back Trump’s call on a ban on Muslims entering the United States during the primary.
During an October 2015 radio interview with Stephen Bannon of Breitbart, now a top adviser to the president-elect, Sessions praised the 1924 law saying that:
In seven years we’ll have the highest percentage of Americans, non-native born, since the founding of the Republic. Some people think we’ve always had these numbers, and it’s not so, it’s very unusual, it’s a radical change. When the numbers reached about this high in 1924, the president and congress changed the policy, and it slowed down immigration significantly, we then assimilated through the 1965 and created really the solid middle class of America, with assimilated immigrants, and it was good for America. We passed a law that went far beyond what anybody realized in 1965, and we’re on a path to surge far past what the situation was in 1924.
Sessions comments were first flagged by the liberal blog Right Wing Watch.