Grassley says Sessions "Is a Person of Integrity"

Zachary BarrettDec 03, 2016

On November 18, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he has chosen Sen.

The former Alabama Attorney General also blames the law for, in his opinion, "accelerating the decline in civility and discipline in classrooms all over America". Jeff Sessions (R-AL), before Trump's inauguration on January 20.

The committee's Democrats sent a letter to Grassley on Monday asking that Sessions' confirmation process is "thorough, transparent, and fair - not just another rubber stamp". Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 in Washington.

The Democratic Senators argued that it is particularly important that the Attorney General be the people's lawyer and not the president's lawyer in light of a rise in hate crimes and people's concerns about what the incoming administration will mean for them and their families.

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) said on Tuesday that it's a "virtual certainty" Sessions will be confirmed.

A president should be given leeway to appoint an attorney general aligned with his own political philosophy.

The 69-year-old Alabama lawmaker has been in the Senate since 1997, previously serving as the state's attorney general from 1995-1997. The answer to that question is partially wrapped up in who will serve as the next Attorney General.

I was glad to have Senator Sessions in my office today.


At the time, Sessions was only the second nominee to the federal judiciary in about 50 years whose nomination was blocked by the committee.

Sessions will require only a simple majority of the Senate to be confirmed as President-elect Trump's first AG.

The proposal would allow for the governor to schedule a special election for an open senate seat during the state's next scheduled primary and general election cycle in 2018.

Democrats haven't yet said whether they will focus on racially charged allegations that derailed Sessions' bid to become a federal judge in 1986. Sessions later withdrew from consideration.

'We need people in the highest rungs of our government who will ensure our Constitution is preserved, protected, and defended.

Sessions has made "a whole lot of remarks on a whole lot of things since then", said Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard "Dick" Durbin (D-IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), Christopher Koons (D-DE), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Grassley was on the Judiciary Committee at the time, and voted in favor of Sessions, though he says he couldn't recall the hearing. Chris Coons, D-Del. "There are areas that I think, based on recent developments and some of Donald Trump's statements in his presidential campaign, that we should all be paying attention to, not least of which is the protection of civil rights and civil liberties".

Other members of the committee include Sen. Sessions has also called the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a "piece of intrusive legislation". They noted in the letter that Grassley had not held a confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland, Obama's pick in March to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

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