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Cory Booker makes history testifying against Jeff Sessions

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Wednesday became the first sitting senator in history to testify against another sitting senator when he 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 insisted "the next attorney general must bring hope and healing to this country, and this demands a more courageous empathy than Sen. Sessions' record demonstrates."

In his testimony, Booker referred to incidents in Selma, Alabama, and Ferguson, Missouri, as well as the historic fights for women's, LGBT, and minority rights: "The march for justice in our country still continues," he said. "It is still urgent."

He added, "The arc of the moral universe does not just naturally curve toward justice; we must bend it."