Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) appeared at his Senate confirmation hearing this morning amid charges from critics about allegations of racism.
The hearing was repeatedly interrupted by protesters in the chamber and yesterday in Washington, more than 250 interfaith leaders held a rally to protest Sessions' nomination.
North Carolina NAACP president Rev. William Barber II said Sessions' "immoral record shows consistent support for ideological extremism, racist and classist policies, and the writing of discrimination into law."
The allegations against Sessions, a former U.S. attorney, cost him a federal judgeship position when the Senate denied his confirmation. He was accused of making racist comments while at the Justice Department and of calling the NAACP "un-American."
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Sessions has vigorously denied the allegations over the years.
Jenna Lee talked today to an attorney who worked with and was hired by Sessions. William Smith, former counsel for Sessions on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the media and many on the left have mischaracterized the Alabama senator.
Smith said it's "immoral" for these protesters and groups to attack a man they do not know.
"These groups out there are designed to raise money. They've been defeated in the election process. The American people have rejected their views and so the only thing they have left to play is the race card. Senator Sessions is an outstanding man," he said.
Smith said he believes even family members of those who have been prosecuted by Sessions would say he gives people "a fair shake and equal justice under the law."
Watch the full interview above, as Smith also responded to a heated exchange that he had with CNN commentator Angela Rye.