BuzzFeed, Tuesday, January 10, 2017, on "the damning letter"—
From the Jan. 10 BuzzFeed story —
At the time of the hearing, Judiciary Committee Chairman Strom Thurmond never put the letter into the congressional record, and its contents remained largely unknown. In the only line that was made public at the time — published in June 1986 by Knight Ridder reporter Aaron Epstein — King made clear her opposition to Sessions’ nomination.
“For a century, the racial practices that characterized our region were established and enforced by men who, like Mr. Sessions, protested that they, too, were not personally hostile to blacks,” King’s letter said, according to Epstein’s dispatch.
A searchable text of the alleged 1986 letter, along with the
alleged attached statement, is now available at
A search of the letter and statement at that webpage yields
no instances of the phrases "racial practices," "established and enforced,"
or "personally hostile."
Hence the word "alleged" above.
Update of 1:44 PM ET on Feb. 9, 2017:
A relevant Wikipedia article —
Questioned document examination.