African Americans Praise Sessions at Hearing; ‘Fought for People Regardless of the Color of Their Skin’

By Penny Starr | January 12, 2017 | 1:32pm EST

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), President-

elect Donald Trump's nominee for

attorney general.  (AP) 

( – Witnesses at the Wednesday confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be the next U.S. attorney general praised the senator as a man who has helped people regardless of their race.

“He is a good Christian man, and a good family man, a man who has dedicated his public life to service and fought for the disenfranchised, he accomplished it,” William Smith, the first African-American counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee who was hired by Sessions, said at the hearing.

“He fought for civil rights and against the Ku Klux Klan and fought for people regardless of the color of their skin, and that’s the way it should be,” said Smith.

“After 20 years of knowing Senator Sessions I have not seen the slightest evidence of racism because it does not exist,” Smith said. “I know a racist when I've seen one and I've seen more than one, but Jeff Sessions is not one.”

Former Jeff Sessions' staffer William Smith testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP)

“Senator Sessions has served with distinction throughout his career as a United States attorney, as attorney general of Alabama and as a member of this body,” Smith said, adding that Sessions is the kind of attorney general this country needs.

“At no point in the time that I have known Jeff has he demonstrated any racial insensitivity,” said Willie Huntely, former assistant United States attorney
for the Southern District of Alabama, who was hired by Sessions.

“I see my time is rapidly winding down, and I would just like to say that, in my opinion, Jeff Sessions will enforce and follow the laws of the United States even-handedly, equally, and with justice for all,” Huntley said.

“I’ve known Jeff Sessions for 20 years,” Jesse Seroyer, a retired U.S. Marshal who worked for Sessions as an investigator in the U.S. Attorney’s office, said at the hearing. “He is a good and decent man.”

“He believes in law and order for all the people,” Seroyer said. “The things he has done for the law enforcement community and the citizens of Alabama is great.”

“It's without any question as to whether or not he would be fit to serve this country as the United States attorney general,” Seroyer said.

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