Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions faces Senate vote

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Charles Schumer during a Senate Judiciary Committee session

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, suspended committee rules on the number of members required to vote, which permitted a vote. Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Trump's pick for attorney general, appeared to be on its way to a full Senate vote early Tuesday afternoon, as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed the reasons for their intended votes.

A day after they delayed a committee vote on Sessions, all nine Democrats - including Sen.

Mr Trump fired Ms Yates after she publicly questioned the constitutionality of his refugee and immigration ban, and refused to defend it in court.

Attorney General nominee Sen.

On Capitol Hill, what was supposed to be a debate on Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Justice Department turned into a referendum over his executive order on immigration. Judiciary Committee Democrats have set the example, voting unanimously against him.

With each turn at the microphone, every senator took his or her own sweet time to air concerns, grievances, and praise-and Grassley said he had no intention of limiting them. Yates had told staff on Monday that the agency would not defend Trump's travel ban for majority-Muslim countries because she did not believe it was lawful.

"As the nomination of Jeff Sessions advances to the full Senate, NAF continues to strongly oppose his confirmation", Saporta said in a statement.

Trump's Justice Department is likely to operate in sharp contrast to the agency under Obama.

US Senators are meeting to decide whether to approve Jeff Sessions as the new attorney general.

A draft version of the cable said that immigration restrictions would not make the USA safer, were un-American and would send the wrong message to the Muslim world.

Blumenthal said, "The attorney general must be the legal conscience of the nation - he must speak out when his boss, the president of the United States, is in violation of the law".Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley opened the session with a pre-emptive defense of Sessions.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions hasn't testified since January 10, long after President Trump's recent actions around immigration policies.

"All the political and policy differences our friends have on the other side I think really is more a reflection of their disdain and their upset over the fact that President Trump won the election and their preferred candidate did not", said Sen.

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