Senate committee votes to confirm pro-life Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General

Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch

On Jan. 30, the attorney general nominee responded to a written question from the Senate Judiciary Committee about his influence on the executive orders that Trump has issued.

Cruz eventually showed up and the committee voted along party lines to advance Sessions' as attorney general to the full Senate floor. However, the Senate Finance Committee used a rare revocation of its rules to proceed with the Mnuchin confirmation after the committee's Democrats boycotted the nomination vote for a second day in a row.

Feinstein was assertive in her criticisms of Sessions during Monday's committee hearing, and questioned the constitutionality of Trump's executive order restricting the entry residents from seven Muslim majority countries in the United States. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., read aloud from Yates' memo explaining why she would not defend the order.

Sen. Patrick Leahy is leading the effort to block confirmation of Sessions as Attorney General, according to NBC News. The last hearing on Sessions was held on January 10th, long before President Trump's controversial executive orders on immigration. They attribute the forceful Democratic opposition to Sessions, in part, to activist efforts in the days leading up to the vote.

Mrs. Feinstein also said it's important for people to "get over" what happened to Judge Merrick Garland, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama a year ago to fill the vacancy, but that lingering feelings from that experience can't be ignored.

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In an early-morning post on his verified Twitter account, Mr Trump said: "When will the Democrats give us our Attorney General and rest of Cabinet".

"I think the senator from Texas doesn't get the message from the chairman", Franken said. Republicans have supported their colleague, arguing that he will follow the law and maintain traditional independence from President Donald Trump.

The Vermont Democrat picked through Trump's widely debunked claims of voter fraud, ending by saying: "The next thing we're going to hear is that unicorns voted". For these reasons, I am not confident that Senator Sessions would be an Attorney General for all Americans.

Franken's focus was a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire that Sessions, up for US attorney general, filled out claiming to have had "personal" involvement in four civil rights cases.

Democratic committee members made their disapproval of Sessions, and the Trump administration as a whole, very clear.