This video from the USA says about itself:
28 November 2016
Donald Trump wants Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to head up the Dept. of Justice, which includes the Civil Rights department. This is Part 2 of our 3-part interview with Gerald Hebert, the former Department of Justice attorney whose testimony helped to sink Jeff Sessions‘ appointment to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. TYT’s Eric Byler asks Hebert if it possible Sessions has changed since making racially insensitive remarks in the 1980’s. Sessions was elected at Attorney General of Alabama in 1984, and then as one of Alabama’s U.S. Senators in 1996. Now, he is President-Elect Donald Trump‘s pick to be United States Attorney General, which is causing great concern to immigrants rights, GLBTQ rights, and voting rights advocates.
Special thanks to Corey Goldstone and Nick Cockrell for facilitating this interview.
From the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in the USA today:
The White House will investigate false claims of voter fraud
Today, the White House launched a new and baseless assault on voting rights.
With the stroke of a pen, the President created a special commission to investigate his false claims of voter fraud in the 2016 election. He claims this commission is designed to uphold the integrity of our election system, but a closer look makes it all too clear what this commission is really about.
The signs all point in the same direction: this commission is about lending the power and prestige of the White House to suppress the African American and Latino vote.
LDF has spoken out forcefully about this disturbing abuse of authority and is already taking action. Minutes ago, we filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act to get vital records about the formation of this commission and its legality. We will watch the commission closely, and we stand ready to go to court if it takes any steps to intimidate Black and Latino voters or to undermine existing protections of equal access to the ballot box.
But we cannot do this work alone. We need your help to stop this latest attack on the cornerstone of our democracy. Support LDF today, and help us protect the right to vote for all Americans.
With you in struggle,
Sherrilyn A. Ifill
President and Director-Counsel
President Donald Trump signed an executive order May 11 creating the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a bipartisan commission that on the pretext of investigating voter fraud will seek to justify new attacks on the right to vote. This follows Trump’s false claims after the November 8 election that he lost the popular vote due to illegal voting by undocumented immigrants: here.
THE DOJ LETTER THAT MAY BE MORE CONCERNING THAN THE TRUMP VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION “These two letters, sent on the same day, are highly suspect, and seem to confirm that the Trump administration is laying the groundwork to suppress the right to vote.” [HuffPost]
TRUMP VOTER FRAUD PANEL ABRUPTLY ENDS The controversial panel had been heavily criticized by voting rights advocates. The president tweeted this morning that he would push for Voter ID laws. [HuffPost]
EXCUSE FOR POLLING CLOSURES DON’T STACK UP Officials in a majority-black Georgia county accused of trying to make it harder for black people to vote claimed that the locations couldn’t be used because of accessibility problems. But Randolph County doesn’t have a single recent report, analysis or document supporting the idea that it needs to close seven of its nine polling places. [HuffPost]
17 MILLION VOTERS HAVE HAD REGISTRATION CANCELLED SINCE 2016 At least 17 million people were removed from the voter rolls between the 2016 election and the 2018 midterms, according to a new report. The study offered further evidence that certain places continued to more aggressively remove people from the voting rolls. [HuffPost]
GEORGIA’S PRIMARY WAS A NATIONAL SCANDAL Thousands of Georgia voters waited for up to seven hours in lines that stretched blocks during the state’s primary election on Tuesday, and many left before voting. The state’s new voting machines did not work, because of either mechanical failure or poor training of poll workers. Many voters came to wait in line after failing to receive absentee ballots they requested to avoid the in-person threat of coronavirus. And many voters left the lines without having cast their ballots. The worst problems were concentrated in counties and localities with higher Black populations. [HuffPost]