For Immediate Release — February 7, 2017
CBC Chairman Statement On Senate Decision to Stop Senator Warren from Reading King Letter Criticizing Attorney General Nominee
WASHINGTON – Today, the Congressional Black Caucus Chairman, Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02), issued a statement on Republican senators’ decision to stop Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) from reading a letter from Coretta Scott King criticizing attorney general nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). King wrote the letter in 1986 urging a Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee to reject then U.S. Attorney Sessions’ nomination for a district court judgeship.
“Republican senators’ decision tonight to silence Coretta Scott King from the grave is disgusting and disgraceful. Mrs. King’s characterization of then U.S. Attorney Senator Sessions was accurate in 1986 and it is accurate now. He is as much of a friend to the Black community and civil rights as Bull Connor and the other Good Old Boys were during the Civil Rights Movement.”