Wednesday, February 8, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: Senate Confirms Sen. Jeff Sessions As The Next U.S. Attorney General
The vote, 62-47, was largely along party lines with only one Democrat — Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia breaking with his party.
Both Independents, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Angus King of Maine, voted no.
The vote was a contentious one as Sessions' racially insensitive comments and actions from his past lead to concerns over whether he would adequately protect civil rights.
Many who voted against the nomination pointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee's 1986 rejection of Sessions' nomination for a federal judgeship which he has denied over the aforementioned allegations of racism.
The '86 rejection came after a black colleague said Sessions had called him "boy," describing the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union as “un-American”, calling the Voting Rights Act “intrusive.” and saying he thought Ku Klux Klan members "were OK until [he] found out they smoked pot."
Another proud moment for the Trump administration.