Senate Confirms Sessions As Attorney General, Trump Pleased

The Senate Wednesday confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as America’s attorney general, ending a bitter debate in which Democrats pilloried Sessions as racist.

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“He is not a racist,” countered Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who is African-American. “Jeff Sessions has earned my support. And I will hold him accountable if and when we disagree.”

“I just wish that my friends who call themselves liberals would want tolerance for all Americans, including conservative Americans,” Scott said.

“His biggest crime is, I think, that he’s very conservative. That to me is not a disqualifier, any more than being liberal is a disqualifier,” Graham said.

Alabama’s governor on Thursday named state Attorney General Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate seat left empty by Jeff Sessions.

Strange will replace Sessions, whose selection as U.S. attorney general by President Donald Trump was confirmed Wednesday. Strange, a 63-year-old lawyer and former Washington lobbyist, has been the state’s attorney general since 2011.

The vote was 52-47. Republicans hold 52 seats in the 100-seat Senate. Sessions abstained.

The vote was strictly along party lines with the exception of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who, as promised, voted for Sessions.

“It’s no secret that our Democrat colleagues don’t like the new president and are doing what they can to undermine the new administration,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who objected to criticism that Sessions would put his preferences above the law.

“This is especially troubling after he specifically committed to us during his confirmation hearing that, if he’s confirmed, he will follow the law, regardless of whether he supported the statute as a policy matter,” Grassley said.

In Strange, Bentley chose a well-connected Republican who last year announced intentions to run for the coveted Senate seat regardless of whether he got the interim appointment. His selection caps two months of jockeying and political guessing games over who would get the nod from Gov. Robert Bentley.

“Alabama has surely been well represented by Senator Sessions, and I am confident Senator Strange will serve as a fine representative for our people. His leadership on a national level, service as a statewide elected official and long record of taking on tough federal issues are the very qualities that will make him a strong conservative Senator for Alabama,” Bentley said in a statement.

Strange will serve until an election is held to fill the seat for the remainder of Sessions’ term, which ends in January of 2020. Bentley has said that election will be held in the general election in 2018.

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