Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, To Join Judiciary Committee

By on January 10, 2018

Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA and Cory Booker (D-NJ) will become the first African American members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 21 century.

Harris was all but a lock to take the seat of former Sen. Al Franken after his resignation, but Booker’s appointment is a bit more surprising considering he actually testified against Jeff Sessions last year during the Attorney General’s confirmation hearings. It’s not typical for one Senator to testify against another and some thought such a move might preclude Booker from serving on a committee such as the Judiciary in the future, but nonetheless he has been appointed.

“I look forward to the chance to continue to provide a voice for our most vulnerable communities, work on issues I’ve handled since my earliest days in the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, and defend California in the face of this Administration’s repeated attacks on our values,” said Harris in a statement.

“As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will make it my mission to check and balance President Trump and Attorney General Sessions. At every turn I will strive to advance the cause of reforming a broken justice system stacked against the poor and people of color, and to bend the arc of our nation’s history further towards equal justice for all,” added Booker in a statement of his own.

Republicans may have thought they were rid of a major nemesis in the Judiciary Committee when Franken stepped down, but they may end up regretting the day they ever wished for his departure if this is the kind of persistence and courage we can expect from Sen. Harris as a member of the Judiciary Committee.

Neither Harris nor Booker will likely be inclined to play softball in future hearings on the Russia investigation. AG Sessions won’t be the only one feeling nervous by the time all is said and done.