Jeff Sessions faces Senate vote for role of attorney general

Tracy FergusonFeb 02, 2017

"Members, that statement took guts", Feinstein said. Republicans countered that the attack was hypocritical, given that neither previous attorney generals Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch stood up to Obama initiatives that GOP lawmakers said were unlawful.

As for Judge William Pryor of Mobile, who was also under consideration by the President, Byrne said, "It is my hope that he would be selected in a future opportunity".

It is unusual for an Attorney General to be so intimately involved in crafting presidential policies. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a vote of 11-9 to be the next attorney general.

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The role got a higher profile on Monday night when the Republican president promptly fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his executive order temporarily banning all refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Leahy plans to vote against Sessions. Sen.

"One of them, Gerry Hebert, spent 21 years in the Justice Department civil rights division, during which time he litigated cases in Alabama and met Senator Sessions". "His accusation that she betrayed the Department of Justice is unsafe".

SHAPIRO: I'm imagining in the front of the Justice Department where they have those photographs of the attorney general, the president, and the vice president, the photographs going up, coming down, going up, coming down with each passing day (laughter). He said he would abide by Supreme Court decisions on abortion rights and legalized same-sex marriage, although he opposes both. Cory Booker, D-N.J., broke with tradition by testifying as a sitting senator against a colleague.

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She's also constantly expected to listen to the travails of middle-aged white men enraged about what they don't have. My reflex action wasn't to move toward her but to turn and move away - to leave the goddess alone atop Olympus.

Sessions has a 100% voting record from National Right to Life. Not the president's attorney. "And most importantly, he will enforce the law regardless of whether he would have supported passage of that law as a member of the Senate". Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) - who gave Democrats the leeway to vent - delayed Session's confirmation vote until 10:30 am Wednesday once he learned of Schumer's move.

The American Civil Liberties Union called for Democrats to protest Trump's nominations until the executive order is rolled back.

President Trump has taken to Twitter in the last 24 hours to express his frustration about the Democrat delay.

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