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Republicans Just Set America Back 70 Years: Jeff Sessions CONFIRMED


Republicans Just Set America Back 70 Years: Jeff Sessions CONFIRMED

Civil rights just got a major setback in America. The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday evening confirmed Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general, following a bitter debate in the chamber that saw Republicans formally silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for quoting a letter that criticizes Sessions.

The vote, 52-47 in favor of confirmation, ran largely down party lines, the Washington Post reported. Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat who supported him. Sessions voted present.

Sessions, a four-term U.S. senator, was the first senator to endorse Trump in February 2016, and his radical views have shaped many of the administration’s early policies, including on immigration.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Judiciary Committee chairman, expressed disappointment in colleagues who, he said, suggested Sessions won’t be able to put aside his policy preferences and enforce the law.

“This is especially troubling after he specifically committed to us during his confirmation hearing that, if he’s confirmed, he will follow the law, regardless of whether he supported the statute as a policy matter,” Grassley said.

But leading Democrats have argued that Trump’s criticisms of the federal courts over his immigration order makes the need for an attorney general who will be willing to disagree with the president even more urgent.

“What we’ve seen is a president who belittles judges when they don’t agree with him,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

“What we’ve seen is a president who is willing to shake the roots of the Constitution and a fundamental premise — no religious test — that’s embodied in our Constitution within his first few weeks in office,” Schumer said. “We certainly need an attorney general who will stand up to that president. But Sessions is not, if you can say one thing about him, he’s not independent of Donald Trump.”

Jeff Sessions. Image: Imgur

Jeff Sessions. Image: Imgur

During the debate Tuesday evening, after Republicans already blocked a Senate filibuster, Warren reignited that debate by reading from a 1986 letter Coretta Scott King sent opposing Sessions for a federal judgeship.

“‘Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts,'” Warren read from King’s letter. McConnell accused Warren of impugning Sessions on the Senate floor and after a series of procedural votes, she was forced to sit down and stop debating.

Warren’s censure continued to largely overshadow the Sessions fight in the hours before his vote, but the Massachusetts Democrat told CNN said Sessions, whom she served with in the chamber, is just the latest example of a poor Cabinet choice.

“We may not have the votes to stop him,” she said, “but we sure as hell need to make it clear to the Republicans and to the American people exactly who Donald Trump is putting in charge of our government.”

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