Senate Confirms Jeff Sessions As U.S. Attorney General In 52-47 Vote

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The Senate has voted to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general in a 52-47 vote that went along party lines, following days of rigorous discussion and capping a vicious debate that left Democrats and Republicans seething, and Elizabeth Warren barred from speaking.

Sen. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat to break party rank and vote to back Sessions. Independent Senators Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont voted alongside 45 Democrats in opposition to the nominee.

The fight over Sessions' nomination infamously escalated last night, when Sen. Elizabeth Warren read a letter that Coretta Scott King had written in 1986 that accused Sessions, a U.S. attorney at the time, of using the power of his office to prevent blacks from voting.  As we reported last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to Warren’s speech, saying she had impugned another member of the Senate. Then, in a 49-43 vote, the Senate agreed, blocking Warren from speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

Angry Democrats accused McConnell of silencing a woman on the floor, and Warren went on a media blitz against the Republican senators and Sessions. The tensions were on full display during the debate over Sessions’s nomination. “We all know our colleague from Alabama. He’s honest," McConnell said. “He’s fair. He’s been a friend to many of us, on both sides of the aisle.”

Democrats defended their criticism of Sessions’s record on issues of race and civil rights.  “When we make a big issue of the position of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions on the Voting Rights Act, it's with good cause. It is historically an issue which has haunted the United States since the Civil War,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) — the No. 2 Senate Democrat — said ahead of the vote. 

“Senator Sessions is not a man apart from this agenda. He is not independent of [Trump's] agenda,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Republicans meanwhile decried the Democratic tactics, arguing they were going to new lows to smear Sessions. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) — a long-serving Senate traditionalist — said Democrats are treating Sessions like a “terrible person,” urging his colleagues on Tuesday night to think of Sessions’s wife.

As The Hill points out, the fiery words in the last days of the debate over Sessions were somewhat surprising.

While the issue of race had always hung over the debate, Sessions is well-liked personally by many senators. That made the stinging words all the more noteworthy — and raises questions about the ability of lawmakers to work together going forward. 

Sessions will now take over the Justice Department’s defense of Trump’s controversial order barring people from seven mostly Muslim countries from entering the United States. A former aide to Sessions was instrumental in the order’s writing, and Democrats argued the Alabama senator would not be a firm defender of an independent Justice Department.

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Ex-Oligarch's picture

Everybody got exercised about Fauxcahontas's grandstanding, but I've seen surprisingly little comment on what she was spouting off about. 
Of course, that was the baseless accusation that Sessions had tried to "intimidate" and "suppress" the black vote.
Obviously, the democrats are seriously worried about the voting fraud inquiries Trump has been threatening, and which Sessions would lead. 
The objective wasn't just to obstruct and delay his confirmation; Liz was getting a headstart on spinning the coming battle. 

BeerMe's picture

I haven't been following very closely but what the fuck was Warren pulling?  That shit doesn't fly anywhere.  Democrats are just pissing people off.  They are not picking their battles well.

gigadeath's picture

"Pizza" lovers beware...

The Jaguar's picture

Heh heh heh LOCK HER UP!

evoila's picture

I thought the same thing about Trump's policies on the Middle East, but now he's talking about putting in Elliott Abrams as deputy SoS. That tells you all you need to know. We were sold a bill of goods, and the Israelis hacked the DNC. 

Keyser's picture

Israel hacks everyone, including themselves... Strange how such a small country has such a large influence on global affairs... 

treefeller's picture

Mr. Nmewn, Is it me, or is there the feeling that things are spinning at a rapid rate. Just WTF are these guys doing in DC? Jesus Christ already.

SirBarksAlot's picture

Trump knows our military can't compete with Russia's military. The military industrial complex is being run by a bunch of Donald Rumsfeld's who can't envision the kind of technology that Russia has.

He also knows we are broke.

He also knows we've been funding both sides of the "war" in the Middle East.

He won't take us to war.

New_Meat's picture

Trump knows '... it it better to Jaw Jaw than it is to War War.'

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

My wife's pizza is the best.

Isn't yours?

;-)

new game's picture

hand tossed rising and fondled with care...

Squid Viscous's picture

so all the demoncrats voted against this guy?

lol, fucking cunts

take no prisoners now Donnie, these motherfuckers won't play nice

just make sure McCain gets his medz and Lynnsey gets his daily reach around from a teen boy.

let's roll!

chunga's picture

Interestingly, Manchin, of epipen daughter fame voted for him.

nmewn's picture

Amazing what a blow victory in West Virginia for Trump will do...ain't it ;-)

orelius's picture

Goodbye, illegal aliens. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out!!

dexter_morgan's picture

Ok, now lets get those indictments rolling!!!!!

The Jaguar's picture

Wooh hoo yeah! Go America, drain that swamp.

lakecity55's picture

"AG Sessions arrived today with background work already completed on numerous evil suspects."
"I intend to hit them before they can flee the country," he said.

 

Mr.BlingBling's picture

FINALLY! I hope he's in the office by 8:00 sharp tomorrow and works through lunch. He can send out for pizza if he gets hungry

south40_dreams's picture

Been a long time since we had an "Attorney General". Now go kick some ass

The Jaguar's picture

Both barrels in both cheeks lol.

ReZn8r's picture

8 years 1 month 1 week and 3 days.

Time for him to get to work playing the 'fuck'em up real good' game. You know that one with a rope and gallows.

lex parsimoniae's picture

Now it's time for those of us who've been dutifully following the law to sit back & enjoy some payback..

BITCHEZ!

Sofa King's picture

Does this mean they're going to take the gimp ball back out of Lizzie's mouth?

I can't listen to that Rabid Bitch anymore.

Keyser's picture

Fauxcahonta's days are numbered... Curt Shilling is on deck and warming up to take her seat... 

Miss Expectations's picture

Keyser, you're ignoring the evidence...

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lakecity55's picture

She supposedly has a book coming out quite soon. I suppose her vitriol against Sessions was designed to get TV time and boost sales of her book.

 

NAV's picture

I've been waiting all day for this. Now we'll see about a nation of laws.

William Dorritt's picture

I've been waiting 8 years!!

Bay of Pigs's picture

Without law and order being restored, this country is finished. Lets hope Sessions is up to the task.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

Not only is Sessions the AG, but we're about to send Big Luther up there to take over his Senate seat. :) Big Luther Strange!

People are gonna find the Bama boys don't fucktard around.

TheLastTrump's picture

never heard of him, looking forward to seeing what he's got

 

 

He's got a mandate to blow some shit up is what he's got.

Squid Viscous's picture

can we get some Buford Pusser up in dat swamp?

lakecity55's picture

Luther looks like he could swing a Louisville SLugger on some snowflakes!!

 

benb's picture

And the Bitch Traitor Soros, should be job one!

Davidduke2000's picture

I bought a voodoo doll that look like Pocahontas and I am going to prick her every day until she wilt away for good. 

New_Meat's picture

DD:

"... I am going to prick her every day ..."

I can't un-see or un-think that.  Nasty!

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mountain99889 (not verified) Feb 8, 2017 8:47 PM

Good - a southerner like me - and I hope he goes after the low IQ Alex Jones crowd - that attacked President Trump yesterday on some flimsy excuse - and I hope he persecutes the violent darkies and the Jews  funded Marxist educators - and the Mexican flag waving spics - who took control of my beloved hometown of Waukegan, Illinois - the violent little shorties

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mountain99889 (not verified) TheLastTrump Feb 9, 2017 2:10 AM

having to explain myself to low IQ jew lovers like you

Squid Viscous's picture

kick it off yourself you fucking pussy!

why wait for a mandate

mountain99889's picture
mountain99889 (not verified) Squid Viscous Feb 9, 2017 12:59 AM

well, it appears that the low IQ Alex Jones crowd got triggered

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mountain99889 (not verified) Squid Viscous Feb 9, 2017 1:28 AM

and there is no need to explain myself to the low IQ Alex Jones trash - your the trash that attacked me first - so fuck off you pussy Jew lovers

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Fathead Slim (not verified) mountain99889 Feb 8, 2017 11:34 PM

A "southerner" from Waukegan, Ill. Boy, you are as fucked up as a football bat. I owe you an ass whipping for your insult to my long departed mother. Come down South and get it.

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mountain99889 (not verified) Fathead Slim Feb 9, 2017 12:55 AM

fatty, your mother was fucked by every nigger in town - and you're nothing but trash with you porno screen name -

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mountain99889 (not verified) Fathead Slim Feb 9, 2017 1:11 AM

Waukegan Illinois is two miles north of the Great Lakes Navy Base where I was born, we were from the south, the Navy brought us up north - my Dad was a drill sergeant on the Navy Base, he was a Navy lifer tough as hell - you attacked me first fatty, your mother got screwed by every nigger in  town tough luck to be you