African-American Hill Staffer: In 20 Years, Sen. Sessions Hasn't Said 'Anything Offensive or Racist'

 

After President-elect Donald Trump named Senator Jeff Sessions as his pick for attorney general, liberals began brandishing their pitchforks and lighting their torches. As Trump's inauguration approaches, they've amped up their assault on the character of Senator Sessions. Trotting out decades-old allegations, the left has attempted to brand the senator with the charge of racism. The senator's camp, of course, hasn't sat idle, and has directly confronted and answered the accusations.

The point man for Senator Jeff Sessions' defense is William Smith. Currently Congressman Gary Palmer's chief of staff, Smith previously worked for Sessions as the chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee. In fact, William Smith was the first African-American to serve any member of the Senate Judiciary Committee as chief counsel.

Smith has made the rounds on most of the major media outlets, and in an email statement he has responded to questions from PJ Media:

PJM: Throughout your two decades of working alongside Senator Jeff Sessions, have you witnessed racist actions and/or words from the senator?

Smith: I have known Senator Sessions for over 20 years and worked for him over ten. Not one time, throughout that entire experience, has he ever said anything offensive or racist. This was not a casual relationship. I've been in pressure situations with him for hours at a time, so certainly if he had any racial tendencies, I would have seen them.

PJM: Some would argue that your experience is simply your experience and not necessarily reflective of the experience of other African-Americans, and it’s wrong for you to defend Senator Sessions as not racist. For example, what are we to make of the accusation that the senator referred to a deputy U.S. attorney as “boy” and told him to be careful how he talks to white people?

Smith: It is not just my experience, but the experience of others who have worked with him and around him.  The people attacking Senator Sessions now have not spent any time with him or around him, they simply don't know him. The assistant United States attorney who alleged that Sessions called him a boy really had no one to back up his allegations and was later indicted on bribery charges. Because he's dead, I don't want to say too much, as he's unable to defend his comments, but even the son of the people Sessions prosecuted has come to his defense and said he is not a racist. I'm not alone in that position.  If people actually studied the record, were concerned about facts, instead of allegations that have been discredited, the truth would come out about Sessions being a good, decent and honest man.

Also, if you look at the other allegations being used against him, those from his 1986 hearing, the two primary witnesses they are relying upon supplemented their testimony to say they lied to the committee. Even though the Democrats knew the record had been corrected, they continued to use the false testimony in their speeches.