During the hearing, Sessions was questioned about medical marijuana by Senators Patrick Leahy and Mike Lee.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer may have thrown in a few kind words in his recent statement about Sen.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Thursday that he will oppose the confirmation of fellow Sen. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppOpponents to Sessions' appointment as attorney general are calling him extremist, anti-immigration and insensitive to civil rights. "Senator Sessions has failed to convince me that he will be a champion of constitutional rights: voting rights, women's health care and privacy rights, and anti-discrimination protections". Al Franken is standing up for the foundation of the Democratic Party, which is a belief that those who are most likely to be discriminated against must be protected under the law. Kennedy's damning words to help him win election in 1994 as the Alabama attorney general. The Alabama senator was rejected for a federal judgeship in the 1980s amid contested accusations he called a black attorney "boy" and the NAACP and ACLU "un-American".
Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the U.S. Attorney General.
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Booker's statement marked the first time a sitting senator has appeared at a confirmation hearing to testify against a Senate colleague nominated for a cabinet position.
Currently, Sessions serves on the Senate's Armed Services Committee, where he chairs a subcommittee on Strategic Forces, and the Judiciary Committee, in which he chairs a subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.
Schumer also stated that he believes Sessions will not be able to fulfill the Attorney General's role to serve as a check on the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump. "Senator Jeff Sessions can not do justice as head of the Justice Department". Just because he may have treated people as equals regardless of their skin color doesn't mean he'll use the office to proactively combat inequality, be it based on race, gender, sexuality or ability. And in his own testimony Tuesday, Sessions said he would protect these rights. "Sessions in being the Senate sponsors of this important award", Booker said in February 2016 at the ceremony honoring the protestors.