In his testimony as Senate hearings commenced Tuesday, Sessions, the first senator to endorse President-elect Donald Trump during the primaries, addressed some of these concerns.
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, President-elect Donald Trump's controversial nominee for attorney general, has found a strong and unlikely ally in Maine's senior US senator.
Prior to the hearing, Sessions, who has a 0 percent rating from several pro-abortion groups, was praised by the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List.
In 1986, accusations of racially insensitive statements led the Senate to block Sessions' nomination to a federal judgeship.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions pledging his commitment to Donald Trump at a rally at Ambridge Area Senior High School in Abridge, Penn., Oct. 10, 2016.
Sessions side-stepped the question, telling Blumenthal: "I'm not aware of the precise factual situation that would be in play". Thomas Figures, who is black and was a longtime assistant to Sessions, testified in 1986 that he was often referred to as "boy" and that he'd heard Session refer to the NAACP as an "un-American" organization that forces "civil rights down the throats of people, " ABC News reports. Booker said the "deeply troubling views of this nominee is a call to conscience".
"I do not take lightly the decision to testify against a Senate colleague", Booker said in a statement.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat who co-sponsored 13 bills with Mr. Sessions, announced that he would oppose the nomination.
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Fleck came to Western Michigan from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he coached wide receivers for Greg Schiano. Still, Fleck says he wouldn't be a head coach "if it wasn't for Greg Schiano and Rutgers".
CODEPINK protesters and other activists were escorted from the proceedings after disrupting the hearings, chanting, "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist United States of America", and hoisting signs that read, "End Racism, Stop Sessions" and "Support LGBTQ, Stop Sessions", among other slogans.
FILE - Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Rex Tillerson, Trump's nominee for secretary of state, appears most in danger of facing dissent from Republican ranks at the Senate hearings over a close relationship he has built during his work as chief executive of the Exxon oil corporation with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. "We can never have a political dispute turn into a criminal dispute".
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, noted Republicans demanded Obama's nominees clear the same hurdles on ethics, Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks, and financial disclosures prior to their confirmation hearings in 2009. "But they [senators] will have adequate information, no question about that", Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah told VOA.
Asked whether he would go along with the incoming president if he were to propose anything illegal, Sessions said he hoped Trump would trust his judgment. He said granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants would encourage more of them to come. Sessions also said the U.S. should accept immigrants based on skill, and acknowledged that the U.S. doesn't have the resources to find and deport all the people in the country illegally.
The Senate is controlled by the Republicans, albeit by a narrow majority. In Sessions, he's found one of the most consistent supporters of hard-line immigration enforcement.
"It is. I believe it violated the Constitution and really attempted to set policy and not follow law", Sessions said.
"I voted for (Eric) Holder and I voted for (Loretta) Lynch without agreeing with them on nearly anything", Graham told The Post and Courier, referring to the attorneys general who have served under Obama.