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Senate Confirms Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

HeadlineFeb 09, 2017

The Senate has confirmed Jeff Sessions as the United States attorney general after a 52-47 vote Wednesday evening. Sessions’s confirmation has faced widespread protests over his opposition to the Voting Rights Act and his history of making racist comments. The vote capped a contentious 24 hours. On Tuesday night, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced and rebuked by the Senate for reading a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King denouncing Sessions, who was at the time being considered for a federal judgeship. The letter reads, in part, “The irony of Mr. Sessions’ nomination is that, if confirmed, he will be given a life tenure for doing with a federal prosecution what the local sheriffs accomplished twenty years ago with clubs and cattle prods.” Following Warren’s silencing, several Democratic senators urged their colleagues to vote against him by reading this same letter. Warren’s reading marks the first time Coretta Scott King’s testimony was included in the Congressional Record, even though she had submitted it 30 years ago. At the time, Senate Judiciary Chair Strom Thurmond, a fierce segregationist, refused to enter King’s testimony into the record. We’ll have more on Sessions’s confirmation later in the broadcast.

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