Cotton calls Booker testimony 'disgraceful breach of custom'

Cotton calls Booker testimony 'disgraceful breach of custom'
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Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal MORE (R-Ark.) on Tuesday hit Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) for his plans to testify against Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE (R-Ala.) during his confirmation hearings as President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE's pick for attorney general.

"I’m very disappointed that Senator Booker has chosen to start his 2020 presidential campaign by testifying against Senator Sessions," Cotton wrote Tuesday in a Facebook post.

"This disgraceful breach of custom is especially surprising since Senator Booker just last year said he was 'honored to have partnered with Senator Sessions' on a resolution honoring civil-rights marchers."

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Cotton said Booker feels "compelled" to speak out against the Alabama Republican because Sessions wants to "keep criminals behind bars, drugs off our streets, and amnesty from becoming law."

"He’s welcome to oppose these common-sense policies and vote against Senator Sessions’s nomination, but what is so unique about those views to require his extraordinary testimony? Nothing," Cotton wrote.

"This hearing simply offers a platform for his presidential aspirations. Senator Booker is better than that, and he knows better."

Booker said Monday night he doesn't "take the decision lightly" to speak out against his fellow senator, but he thinks Sessions's positions on myriad of issues are "deeply troubling."

"Senator Sessions’ decades-long record is concerning in a number of ways," Booker said.

"The Attorney General is responsible for ensuring the fair administration of justice, and based on his record, I lack confidence that Senator Sessions can honor this duty." 

Booker will be the first sitting senator to testify against a colleague during a Cabinet confirmation hearing.