The verdict is in! Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the next attorney general by a deeply divided Senate on Feb. 8, following a bitter debate between both political parties. He even thanked those who ‘found sufficient confidence’ in him. Here’s the scoop!
The Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions, 70, as the next attorney general on Feb. 8, aka the head of the Department of Justice. A sharply divided group locked in Donald Trump‘s nominee for the role, while proving how at odds the two political parties still are amidst his controversial presidency. The chamber voted 52-47 to clear Jeff, who has been heavily criticized for his civil and voting rights as a federal prosecutor and state attorney general.
Although Jeff had the full support of the Republican party, Senator Joe Manchin III was the only Democrat who rallied behind him. Donald first voiced his approval for Jeff in Nov. 2016, while addressing his many accomplishments throughout his career. “Jeff has been a highly respected member of the U.S. Senate for 20 years,” Donald said in a statement. “He is a world-class legal mind and considered a truly great Attorney General and US Attorney in the state of Alabama. Jeff is greatly admired by legal scholars and virtually everyone who knows him.”
Jeff’s approval came shortly after Donald fired the last attorney general, Sally Yates, because she wouldn’t stand behind his ban against Muslims. The White House statement read that Sally refused “to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” Meanwhile, NARAL, a pro-choice political organization, also shared a list of reasons why Jeff shouldn’t be voted into power, saying he “opposed the Violence Against Women Act” and more.
“I can’t express how grateful I am for all of you who stood by me during this difficult time,” Jeff said. Clearly, not everyone was pleased with his new position. A post on the Women’s March social media page read, “Jeff Sessions has been confirmed. Sanctuary cities are now more important than ever.” Elizabeth Warren also wrote, “If Jeff Sessions makes even the tiniest attempt to bring his racism, sexism & bigotry into @TheJusticeDept, he’ll hear from all of us.”
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