Protesters dressed as Ku Klux Klansmen were escorted from the Russel Senate Office building this morning before hearings began for the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
As Sessions walked in… pic.twitter.com/4cmgzRL2q2
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) January 10, 2017
“You can’t arrest me, I’m white!” shouted one protester at Capitol Police.
HAPPENING NOW: Protestor thrown out of Sessions confirmation hearing. Dressed as klansman. pic.twitter.com/2DPJhg7M8M
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) January 10, 2017
Sessions faced tough questioning during his 1986 hearings regarding comments he’d made regarding black political organizations, as well as about the KKK. He admitted to saying that he was “ok with the Klan until he found out they smoked marijuana,” a statement he characterized as a joke.
Then US Attorney Sessions was also taken to task for several apparently constructive voter fraud prosecutions undertaken by his office, widely viewed as an effort to suppress black voters.
The hearings are being held live now.