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Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general in the Trump administration despite fierce Democratic opposition to the Alabama Republican over his record on civil rights and immigration.

The 52-47 nearly party-line vote capped weeks of divisive battles over Sessions, an early supporter of President Donald Trump and one of the Senate’s most conservative lawmakers.

Democrats laced into Sessions, casting him as too cozy with Trump and too harsh on immigrants. They asserted he wouldn’t do enough to protect voting rights of minorities, protections for gays and the legal right of women to obtain an abortion. They fear immigrants in the country illegally won’t receive due process with Session as the top law enforcement officer.

“Any attorney general must be able to stand firm for the rule of law even against the powerful executive that nominated him or her. In this administration I believe that independence is even more necessary,” said Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. “His (Sessions’) record raises doubts about whether he can be a champion for those who need this office most and it also raises doubts about whether he can curb unlawful overreach” by Trump.

Republicans say Sessions has demonstrated over a long career in public service — and two decades in the Senate — that he possesses integrity, honesty and is committed to justice.

“He’s honest. He’s fair. He’s been a friend to many of us, on both sides of the aisle,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said. “It’s been tough to watch all this good man has been put through in recent weeks. This is a well-qualified colleague with a deep reverence for the law. He believes strongly in the equal application of it to everyone.”

Sessions won unanimous backing from Senate Republicans but picked up the support of just one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to name a replacement for Sessions as early as Thursday. Bentley has named six finalists for the Senate appointment, including state Attorney General Luther Strange and GOP Rep. Robert Aderholt.

Strange is considered a leading candidate for the job since Bentley interviewed potential replacements for state attorney general, according to people close to the process. However, Bentley’s office has said he has not made a decision.

Wednesday’s vote came amid rising tension between Republicans controlling the chamber over delaying tactics by minority Democratic that have left fewer of Trump’s picks in place than President Barack Obama had eight years ago. Democrats no longer have filibuster power over Cabinet picks, however, after changing Senate rules when they controlled the chamber in 2013.

Next up for the Senate is Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Trump’s pick for health secretary. A final vote on Price could come late Thursday and success seemed certain.

Democrats have solidly opposed Price, a staunch advocate of repealing Obama’s health care overhaul and reshaping and scaling back the Medicare and Medicaid programs that provide health care to older and low-income people.

But they’ve mostly accused Price, a wealthy former orthopedic surgeon, of conflicts of interest by acquiring stocks in health care companies and pushing legislation that could help those firms.

They’ve especially targeted his acquisition of shares in Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotech firm that’s said Price got a special insider’s deal. Price, who has said he learned of the opportunity from a fellow lawmaker, Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., had testified to Congress that the shares were available to all investors.

“If I were a prosecutor, I’d say this case has real potential,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday.

This week has featured overnight, round-the-clock Senate sessions as GOP leaders are grinding through a thicket of controversial picks.

Epitomizing the sharp-edged partisanship surrounding confirmation of Trump’s Cabinet nominees, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was given a rare rebuke Tuesday evening for quoting Coretta Scott King, widow of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., in her 1986 criticism of Sessions.

King wrote that as an acting federal prosecutor in Alabama, Sessions used his power to “chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”

McConnell held that the Massachusetts Democrat had run afoul of rules about impugning a fellow senator.

Sessions’ nomination to a federal judgeship was rejected three decades ago by the Senate Judiciary Committee after it was alleged that as a federal prosecutor he had called a black attorney “boy” and had said organizations like the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union were un-American.

At his hearing last month, Sessions said he had never harbored racial animus, saying he had been falsely caricatured.

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Associated Press writer Kimberly Chandler in Montgomery, Alabama, contributed to this report.

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36 thoughts on “Jeff Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General

  1. SheCat54 on said:

    SAD. The kkk is in the sorry ass white house. There is no hope for nothing. Brown skins should have come together along time ago. Brown skin women or children(not mexicans) have no hope because the so called men are weak to the pecker wood. Black men are weak!!!!! I say black because that’s the name the pecker wood gave you.

  2. This is exactly what we need to run our department of justice. He’s a great man with great talent. Hopefully he will make America safe for the coming generations

    • Arthur Childress on said:

      Sessions is a miserable, white supremacist, segregationist S.O.B. who supported and actually defended Alabama’s hateful, racist, Separate but Unequal school system his entire miserable life. F..k Sessions and everybody connected to him!

      • Alright, learn something instead of reading what Kim K does in her life. He’s actually served the longest on the Justice department. It’s time someone with his level and experience so the country can be safe

    • Arthur Childress on said:

      @ IB Your aggressively ignorant comment confirms the lunacy and blind racism of people who support that miserable little Bitch Sessions. And BTW, who the hell is Kim K….your sister, brother, mom??? Do some research before responding to my comments with your alternative facts.

      • You’re the reason why the country was so low the last 8 years. Alright I’m gonna ask you to get the hell out of my page, I don’t talk or argue with peasants.

  3. Dr. Larry on said:

    Obama ran on a platform of HOPE. Any successful businessman, aka Trump, will tell you straight up that hope is not a plan. How did that work out for middle and lower class citizens?

  4. specialt757 on said:

    “Any attorney general must be able to stand firm for the rule of law even against the powerful executive that nominated him or her.”

    This will not apply to Sessions, he’s already made it clear he stands behind the orange hitler no matter if it’s legal or not, and that’s why he’s there. The redumblicans will learn soon, Trump and his cronies don’t play by the “rules”.

    • Arthur Childress on said:

      Hey Specialt, you’re absolutely right. There is no objectivity here, legal or otherwise. Sessions actually campaigned for Trump right through the republican primary. Stop and Frisk will become federal law. I’m so serious!

      • Hey Arthur, I guess it was okay for Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch to meet on the tarmac the day before Hillary’s “interview” with the DOJ.

    • How many AGs have been held in contempt of congress. Holder didntshow up when je was subpoenaed. Is that the kind of AG you want?

  5. Arthur Childress on said:

    Sessions is a dinosaur, an old school segregationist deemed too racist to be a federal judge. And, now this buffoon Trump has appointed him AG??? Stay alert brothers and sisters, Sessions is a miserable little Bitch who will try to invoke his version of apartheid on young Black men across this country.

  6. So NOW ppl are concerned about this prez mental state. Really. The average person knw he’s unfit, unhinged, and an insane liar. He’s not going to last 4 yrs bc he’s going to lose the rest of the lil mind he has left. This person and his cabinet is an embarrassment to the human race.

    • How’s that? You make asinine comments with zero to support it. Go ahead, write three sentences explaining your ridiculous statement.

      • Mac Ben on said:

        Ok Asswipe,
        1: Most Americans support marijuana legalization (60% Gallup). Sessions has indicated he is anti-mj.
        2: Sessions civil rights record is unfavorable to blacks and hispanics. (legal review)
        3: Sessions supports civil forfeiture whereby police can seize personal property if they suspect it was used or obtained illegally.

  7. Oh no, we are going to have an AG who is going to actually follow the rule of law, unlike racist Holder who only upheld laws he liked.

  8. Evil in high places. They think they are winning . They think they are going to live forever and do their evil deeds. I have no fear I know who is in control. And for those who are obsessed with coming on a website to keep up with what blacks are doing is interesting.

  9. Arthur Childress on said:

    This demonic little miscreant will no doubt introduce a Federal Stop and Frisk Bill by the end of the week. My hope is that Satan will call him home soon.

      • Then get on board fool. I’m Going to stay here and fight, and get on this website an continue to vent. All fucked up things come to an end.

      • I bet you think that the you will be here forever don’t you. And all the blacks and refugees and I guess all undesirables we be gone some day. Good luck with that.

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