Confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general. Sessions’ nomination has been among the more controversial of Trump’s nominees.
Democrats vowed to do everything in their power to obstruct Trump and delay the confirmation of his cabinet. Al Sharpton called for acts of civil disobedience in Washington as he and his followers plan to march on the Capitol to protest Sessions’ nomination. Sen. Cory Booker has taken the unprecedented step of testifying against Session in Tuesday’s hearing.
In his opening statement, Sessions asserted his values regarding justice and the role of law enforcement.
“You know who I am. You know what I believe in,” Sessions stated. “You know that I am a man of my word and can be trusted to do what I say I will do. You know that I revere the constitution, that I’m committed to the rule of law. And you know that I believe in fairness, in impartiality and equal justice under law.”
“The attorney general’s role is to enforce the law,” Sessions later added. “Let’s fix this [immigration] system. Then we can work together, after this lawlessness has ended. Then we can ask the American people and enter into a dialogue about how to compassionately treat people who have been here a long time.”
Sessions’ statements reveal his desires to become an attorney general who, unlike his recent predecessors, will enforce all laws to the best of his ability.
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