The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday assailed President Obama for criticizing a Supreme Court ruling during his State of the Union speech.
Obama told the audience, which included most of the nine justices, that the court had reversed a century of law and opened the floodgates to special interests and foreign countries to spend without limits on election.
In response, Justice Samuel Alito, sitting just feet away from the president, mouthed the words “not true.”
Sessions said Obama was wrong to take a shot at the nation's highest court.
“It was inappropriate and really erroneous the way he characterized it,” Sessions said. “He embarrassed the Supreme Court, without hinting that there was a legitimate basis for that decision that undermined the rule of law.”
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the original sponsor of the campaign finance law that was partly reversed by the court, had a different view.
“Justice Alito should know that the cameras are always on,” he said.