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Republicans Delay Judiciary Committee Sotomayor Vote to Next Week

In a move reeking of pettiness, Judiciary Committee Republicans led by KKK sympathizer Sen. Jeff Sessions delayed the Judiciary Committee’s approval of Judge Sotomayor to July 28th.

The move was expected after senior committee Republican Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, earlier said he would seek the week — as allowed under committee rules — to continue to review her record.

Sen. Jeff Sessions’ KKK sympathies were revealed during Sessions’ failed judicial nomination to a US District Court judgeship in Alabama.  During Sessions’ Judiciary Committee hearings, colleagues testified that they heard then nominee Jeff Sessions saying the  “KKK was okay until I found out they were pot smokers.”

It got worse. Another damaging witness–a black former assistant U.S. Attorney in Alabama named Thomas Figures–testified that, during a 1981 murder investigation involving the Ku Klux Klan, Sessions was heard by several colleagues commenting that he “used to think they [the Klan] were OK” until he found out some of them were “pot smokers.” Sessions claimed the comment was clearly said in jest. Figures didn’t see it that way. Sessions, he said, had called him “boy” and, after overhearing him chastise a secretary, warned him to “be careful what you say to white folks.”

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