Maxine Waters: Coretta Scott King 'warned' us about Sessions

Maxine Waters: Coretta Scott King 'warned' us about Sessions
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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Wednesday went after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over alleged privacy violations Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry MORE, saying Coretta Scott King had warned people about Sessions in the past.

In a series of tweets, Waters called Sessions a "threat to our democracy" and chided him for his "racist agenda."

"Trump asked what Blacks had to lose. It was apparently healthcare, housing, college admission, & freedom after Sessions locks everyone up," Waters tweeted.


"Sessions is a threat to our democracy, working to reverse civil rights gains in college admission, police misconduct, & [criminal] justice reform," she continued.

"Coretta Scott King warned everyone in '86 about Sessions' 'reprehensible conduct' & 'abuse of elderly black voters.' Sessions hasn't changed." 

Waters — who has been a frequent critic of the Trump administration — said Sessions's stance against criminal justice reform, immigration and the Violence Against Women Act are "well documented."

"Trump wants to fire Sessions b/c he can't count on his protection," Waters tweeted. "He should be fired for his racist agenda — but that's why Trump chose him."

Coretta Scott King wrote a letter of opposition to the Senate Judiciary Committee during Sessions’s 1986 confirmation hearings for a federal judgeship, citing his record as a U.S. attorney in Alabama, particularly on voting rights. 

“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship,” she wrote at the time. 

Waters's comments come after The New York Times reported Tuesday it had obtained an internal announcement to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division looking for lawyers interested in working for a new project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”