Sessions dogged by old allegations of racism (CNN)
Nov 18, 2016
Transcripts of the hearing also show that J. Gerald Hebert, who was a Justice Department lawyer, also testified that Sessions told him the NAACP and ACLU were "un-American" and "Communist-inspired."
Hebert, who now directs a voting program at the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, told CNN Thursday he stands by the testimony he gave 30 years ago.
"Things that I had heard firsthand from him were things that demonstrated gross racial insensitivity to black citizens of Alabama and the United States," Hebert said.
At the time, Hebert testified that Sessions said a white attorney who represented black clients might be a disgrace and that the NAACP and ACLU did more harm than good by trying to force civil rights "down the throats of people."
Hebert told CNN he fears Sessions might disregard the civil rights division of the Justice Department were he to become Trump's attorney general.
"He has never backed off from the comments he made at that time. He has never apologized for them," Hebert said Thursday.
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J. Gerald Hebert ("Gerry") is currently the Director of Voting Rights and Redistricting Program at the Campaign Legal Center, in Washington, DC. He joined the Legal Center in 2004.