- Brooks was responding to a question about criticism of Sessions’ record on civil rights
- In his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Sessions called charges of racism “damnably false”
Brooks was responding to a question about criticism of Sessions’ record on civil rights, which has come under renewed scrutiny as he seeks confirmation to head the Justice Department. Sessions was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 in part because of comments he allegedly made about organizations like the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union. Sessions, a Republican, also criticized the 1965 Voting Rights Act as “intrusive” in the 1980s.
In his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Sessions called charges of racism “damnably false,” saying that he had prosecuted a voter fraud case in response to “pleas from African-American, incumbent, elected officials.”
Brooks, who said in Tuesday’s radio interview that he was under consideration by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to replace Sessions in the US Senate, was defending Sessions in regard to his position on voting rights.
“Well, to get right down to it, it’s all about political power, and the Democrats are not shy about lying in order to achieve their political goals,” he said. “And if they have to besmirch the reputation of a good man, Jeff Sessions, in order to achieve their political goals, they as a group are not hesitant to do so.”