Democratic Senator Cory Booker testifies against fellow senator and President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, Jeff Sessions, while supporters of the Alabama Republican say Sessions will fulfill duties of Justice Department. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Democratic Senator Cory Booker testified against President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, on Wednesday (January 11), reportedly marking the first time a sitting senator has testified against another sitting senator during confirmation hearings. "I know that some of my many colleagues aren't happy that I am breaking with Senate tradition: to testify on the nomination of one of my colleagues, but I believe, like perhaps all of my colleagues in the Senate, that in the choice between standing with Senate norms or standing up for what my conscience tells me is best for our country, I will always choose conscience and country," Booker told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Booker was one of three black lawmakers and members of the Congressional Black Caucus who testified against Sessions, each expressing concern about the Alabama senator's record and ability to represent all Americans, not just a select group. Their testimony was matched by three past colleagues of Sessions, including his former chief counsel William Smith and Willie Huntley, a former assistant U.S. attorney who worked with Sessions in Alabama. Both Smith and Huntley defended Sessions, saying the senator would uphold the values of the Justice Department.