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2/8/2017

Senator Jeff Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:51 pm



[guest post by Dana]

In spite of the strenuous efforts of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as Attorney General by a vote of 52-47. Or, as The New York Times pointedly reported:

Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed on Wednesday as President Trump’s attorney general, capping a bitter and racially charged nomination battle that crested with the procedural silencing of a leading Democrat, Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Mr. Sessions, an Alabama Republican, survived a near-party-line vote, 52 to 47, in the latest sign of the extreme partisanship at play as Mr. Trump strains to install his cabinet. No Republicans broke ranks in their support of a colleague who will become the nation’s top law enforcement official after two decades in the Senate.
But the confirmation process — ferocious even by the standards of moldering decorum that have defined the body’s recent years — laid bare the Senate’s deep divisions at the outset of the Trump presidency. At the same time, the treatment of Ms. Warren, who was forced to stop speaking late Tuesday after criticizing Mr. Sessions from the Senate floor, rekindled the gender-infused politics that animated the presidential election and the women’s march protesting Mr. Trump the day after his inauguration last month.

Sessions received unanimous support from the Senate Republicans, as well as some other notable endorsements:

Sessions had numerous endorsements from law enforcement groups, including the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the country, and the AFL-CIO’s International Union of Police Associations. Former attorneys general, like former Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush Larry Thompson, also offered their support of the nomination.

Sessions grabbed a huge endorsement Sen. Quinton Ross, the Democratic leader of the Alabama Senate and one of the highest-ranking black lawmakers in the state. Sessions racked up other critical endorsements, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate.

Sessions made a gracious statement tonight after the vote:

“It was a special night,” Sessions told reporters on Capitol Hill after his confirmation. “I appreciate the friendship from my colleagues — even those who, many of them who didn’t feel able to vote for me. They were cordial, and so we continue to have good relations and will continue to do the best I can.”

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back)

–Dana

22 Responses to “Senator Jeff Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General”

  1. Ding!

    papertiger (c8116c)

  2. The ACLU says they’re watching, and if he violates the Constitution, they’ll sue. Just so you know.

    Dana (023079)

  3. Police love him since he thinks all civil forfeiture is wonderful.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  4. if he violates the Constitution, they’ll sue. Just so you know.

    They also might sue just in case he’s violating it.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  5. They’ll sue even if he’s not violating it, to get some activist judge to change it. To the ACLU, degenerate as it has become, the Constitution is unconstitutional.

    nk (dbc370)

  6. The ACLU has had it in for him for at least 30 years. He is unacceptable to them for a number of reasons.

    Dana (023079)

  7. The ACLU finds boy scouts and baseball unacceptable. They aren’t fond of mother’s apple pie either.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  8. sitting bull has big mouth

    mg (31009b)

  9. Attorney General Sessions will not be wearing blinders when it comes to illegal immigration. Great Pick.
    I love the sound of “Attorney General Sessions”
    I doubt he will be meeting any Clinton’s on the tarmac.

    mg (31009b)

  10. I don’t know. Maybe with handcuffs.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  11. I’ll go for that, papertiger.

    mg (31009b)

  12. Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court?
    Jeff Sessions as Attorney General?

    BUT HILLARY WOULD BE BETTER FOR THE COUNTRY!!! ELEVENTY!!!

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  13. 8. They are starting to pay attention to this issue – and to what Sessions did. Slowly, but surely, it is getting to where the slavery issue ws in the 1840s and the 1850s. We’re at about 1846.

    One very good thing – the opposition may actually be about something. Maybe they’ll drop this racism and other bogus charges and go on to something real. That would be an improvement.

    As for Sessions, this actually could have bene seen as a form of kicking him upstairs.

    Sammy Finkelman (4b8ab4)

  14. One good indictment should shut up the left.

    mg (31009b)

  15. The ACLU finds boy scouts and baseball unacceptable. They aren’t fond of mother’s apple pie either.

    The sued about the Pledge of Allegiance and they’d get “In God We Trust” off our coins if they could. Maybe that Seattle judge will order it.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  16. @Kevin M,
    One of the few things the ACLU and I agree on is that the presence of the words “Under God” in the pledge is a problem. Unfortunately THEY want those words banned because they think that the Government should enforce public obesience to the religious belief of Atheism. I think the words should be removed because they weren’t put there by the man who wrote the thing in the first place. If you are going to make the recitation of a piece of writing a daily ritual, at least don’t mess with what the author wrote.

    C. S. P. Schofield (99bd37)

  17. Sessions should deport the commie luvin judge who has no clue.

    mg (31009b)

  18. Conservatives are celebrating a good and highly qualified person becoming AG and liberals are celebrating a woman who lied to take the place of a deserving native American at an Ivy League University spouting nonsense from 30 years ago.

    harkin (afc7a6)

  19. Greetings:

    It will sure be hard for him to hold a candle to the previous two Attorneys General. Lit or not.

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  20. CSP,

    I’ve heard that from people born before 1950 or so, mainly because it got changed on them.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  21. This was almost a carbon copy of the Ashcroft confirmation. It feels like 2001 is playing out again. This might be the Democrats’ plan and why they are so desperate to to flood us with jihadists right now. They’ll want to keep Trump and Sessions occupied with man-made disasters so that they can’t focus on draining the swamp.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/02/us/senate-confirms-ashcroft-as-attorney-general-58-42-closing-a-five-week-battle.html

    jcurtis (bf8dd0)


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