Cory Booker goes off on Trump's AG pick for using 'racist tropes' and denying racial bias in the justice system
Senator Cory Booker (Tris Hussey/Flickr)

On Tuesday, William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee to fill the position of Attorney General of the United States.


Senators probed Barr's legal history and tried to establish whether he'd maintain proper independence from the Trump administration.

In the afternoon, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) pressed Barr on his problematic attitudes and writings about criminal justice and race.

"You literally wrote the book on mass incarceration or at least this report, The Case for Mass Incarceration," Booker said, as well as interrogating him on his positions on the Cole memo and marijuana legalization.

Citing gang violence in cities like Chicago, Barr defended tough-on-crime policies.

Booker then berated the nominee for claiming that blacks and whites get fair and equal treatment in the US criminal justice system.

Barr acknowledged that while he admits there are pockets of racism, overall race does not affect sentencing outcome.