Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Wednesday became the first sitting senator to testify against another sitting senator when he passionately spoke out against Jeff Sessions' nomination to become attorney general under President-elect Donald Trump. Citing Sessions' record on civil rights and justice issues, Booker said "the next attorney general must bring hope and healing to this country, and this demands a more courageous empathy than Sen. Sessions' record demonstrates." Booker also referred to incidents in Selma, Alabama, and Ferguson, Missouri, as well as the historic fights for women's, LGBT, and minority rights: "The arc of the moral universe does not just naturally curve toward justice," Booker said. "We must bend it." Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), an icon of the civil rights movement, testified Wednesday after Booker to say: "There are forces that want to take us back to another place. We don't want to go back. We want to go forward." Sessions' hearing concluded Wednesday, and the vote to confirm him will take place after Trump is inaugurated next week.
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