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The Hill: Left, Right Groups Ready to Battle Over Jeff Sessions

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By    |   Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 09:06 AM

An explosive war over attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions is shaping up as conservative and liberal groups prepare to do battle, The Hill reports.

Some activists predict the fight could even be more explosive than the one expected over Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court.

Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has been on the receiving end of a hardline, no-compromise message from 150 outside groups on the left who have joined together to stop Sessions, according to the website.

At the heart of the battle is Sessions' past comments about race. Sessions was blocked by the Senate from a judicial appointment in 1986 over racial comments he is said to have made as U.S. Attorney for Alabama, The Hill notes.

The website reports he was accused of describing the NAACP as "un-American" and having "anti-traditional American values" and joking that he though the KKK was "OK until I learned they smoked pot."

The late former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Thomas Figures, who was black, had claimed Sessions called him "boy," The Hill reports. Sessions was his supervisor at the time.

"People really have two choices," the website quotes Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, an online racial justice organization. "Either they're okay with racism or they're not. And if they're not, then they've got to stand up against Jeff Sessions.

But conservative groups are determined to win confirmation for Sessions, who is in his fourth term in the Senate. And they are already fighting back.

The Judicial Crisis Network is buying digital ads in the Washington, D.C. praising Sessions' record, according to The Hill. The ads also feature clips of Trump calling him an "unbelievable guy."

"We certainly are ready to do more if it seems necessary," says Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the group, is quoted by The Hill. "We want to see if Democrats take it to the next level."

Meanwhile, Clinton administration FBI director Louis Freeh is strongly recommending Sessions' appointment be approved, The Daily Caller reports.

"(I) have always been greatly impressed with his commitment to the rule of law, his fair and balanced prosecutorial judgment, and his personal dedication to protecting civil rights," Freeh said in a letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

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