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Jeff Sessions Confirmed as US Attorney General

Democrats put up what fight they could

(Newser) - The Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General in a vote Wednesday night, Mediaite reports. Democrats put up what fight they could with late-night sessions on Monday and Tuesday— CNN reports they battled Sessions' confirmation for 30 hours on the Senate floor—but in the end it wasn't... More »

Senate Votes to Silence Elizabeth Warren

She read letter from MLK's widow

(Newser) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren read a letter from Martin Luther King's widow outside the Senate chamber Tuesday night—after she was banned from speaking inside. In what the Washington Post calls an "extraordinarily rare move," the GOP-controlled Senate voted to silence Warren for impugning the character of attorney... More »

2015 Video of Sessions, Yates Is 'Prophetic'

Sessions told Yates to 'say no' to 'improper' requests

(Newser) - The advice Jeff Sessions offered Sally Yates during her 2015 confirmation hearing then seemed ordinary. It now appears "prophetic," per Boing Boing . "You have to watch out" because the president may make "improper" requests "and you need to say no," Sessions tells Yates in... More »

New Acting AG Will Enforce Trump Immigration Order

But Dana Boente has just days to go on the job

(Newser) - Dana Boente was sworn in as acting attorney general Monday night after President Trump fired Sally Yates for defying his immigration order, but he won't be in the job for long: The long-serving federal prosecutor will be replaced by GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions as soon as he receives Senate... More »

Trump Fires Acting AG After Her Act of Defiance

Obama holdover Sally Yates is out after refusing to defend immigration order

(Newser) - An Obama holdover who was temporarily running the Justice Department just got fired by President Trump after an act of defiance. Mere hours after acting attorney general Sally Yates said the department would not defend Trump's refugee executive order in court while she was in charge, Trump made sure... More »

Booker Makes History in Testimony Against Sessions

A senator has never testified against a fellow senator during a Cabinet hearing

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions' two-day confirmation hearing came to a close Wednesday with something that's never happened before: a current senator testifying against another current senator up for a Cabinet position. CNN reports Sen. Cory Booker, despite having worked well with the attorney general nominee in the past, said his "... More »

Sessions: Charges of Racism Are 'Damnably False'

He also vows to recuse himself from any Hillary Clinton investigations

(Newser) - Some of the early highlights from Tuesday's confirmation hearing of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is Donald Trump's pick to be attorney general, via the Hill , the New York Times , Politico , and the Washington Post :
  • Hillary Clinton: Given his support of Trump during the campaign, Sessions said he
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Confirmation Controversies Start Today With Jeff Sessions

Here's what to look for

(Newser) - Let the fighting begin: The confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, is scheduled for Tuesday, and in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee made public Monday, Trump critic and Gold Star father Khizr Khan spoke out against Sessions. "Thirty years ago,... More »

1.2K Law Profs Slam Sessions as AG Nominee

Sessions was 'racially insensitive' in 1980s, hasn't changed: letter

(Newser) - Some 100 law professors in support of Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for attorney general appear to be in the minority. More than 1,200 law professors have sent a letter to Congress in an attempt to convince the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination, noting Sessions "will not... More »

NAACP President Arrested at Jeff Sessions' Office

Dozens of activists staged all-day sit-in

(Newser) - Cornell William Brooks, national president of the NAACP, was among six people arrested Tuesday evening after an all-day sit-in at the Alabama offices of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general. Around two dozen civil rights activists occupied the Republican's Mobile offices at around 11am, denouncing... More »

Schumer 'Very Concerned' About Sessions on Civil Rights

But Politico notes he'll likely be confirmed as attorney general

(Newser) - Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's controversial pick for Attorney General, has been accused of racism —and incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has concerns. "Given some of his past statements and his staunch opposition to immigration reform, I am very concerned about what he would do with... More »

1986 Hearing Could Haunt AG Nominee Jeff Sessions

4 prosecutors accused him of making racist comments

(Newser) - Donald Trump has made two more key picks for his administration: He's chosen GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama for attorney general and Republican congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to lead the CIA, reports Politico . Both will require Senate confirmation, and the AP notes that Sessions could run into... More »

Janet Reno Dead at 78

She was first female US attorney general

(Newser) - Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as US attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, including the seizure of Elian Gonzalez, died early Monday. She was 78. Reno died from complications of Parkinson's disease, her goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte tells the AP... More »

Official: AG to OK What Prosecutors Want in Hillary Email Case

This after a controversial meeting with Bill Clinton on a plane in Arizona

(Newser) - Attorney General Loretta Lynch intends to accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and federal agents make in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, a Justice Department official speaking on condition of anonymity said Friday, per the AP . The revelation comes amid a controversy surrounding an... More »

What Feds Are Learning in Probe of Orlando Killer

The Omar Mateen investigation continues

(Newser) - Although the killer is known, the investigation continues into what motivated and enabled Omar Mateen to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern US history. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in interviews Sunday on several news shows that the FBI would release a partial printed transcript of the conversations... More »

AG Lynch: Take Me Out of SCOTUS Running

AG thinks nomination process would 'curtail her effectiveness in her current role'

(Newser) - Last month Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval took himself out of the running for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia . Now another big name has bowed out: Attorney General Loretta Lynch, NBC News reports. "As the conversation around the Supreme Court vacancy progressed, the Attorney... More »

Pennsylvania's Attorney General Can't Practice Law

Kathleen Kane's license is suspended amid criminal investigation

(Newser) - Pennsylvania's No. 1 legal official is in the unique position of being unable to practice law. The state's Supreme Court suspended the law license of Attorney General Kathleen Kane yesterday as she faces a criminal investigation involving charges of perjury and obstruction, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . The state'... More »

Texas' Top Lawyer Is Charged With Fraud

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was booked this morning

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was this morning booked at a Dallas-area jail on felony charges alleging that he misled investors before becoming the state's top lawyer. Paxton arrived at the Collin County jail today to be processed on two counts of first-degree securities fraud and a lesser count... More »

'It's About Time': Lynch Becomes Attorney General

Become 1st black woman in role

(Newser) - Loretta Lynch has been sworn in as the nation's 83rd attorney general, the first African-American women to serve in the role. She was sworn in today at a Justice Department ceremony, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding. "Ladies and gentlemen, it's about time," said Biden, per... More »

Cruz Leads Charge Against Lynch, but Misses Vote

He's the only senator to do so

(Newser) - Today's vote in the Senate to make Loretta Lynch the next attorney general was 56-43. So who was the lone missing senator out of 100? Ted Cruz, which is generating some head scratches considering that he spoke for 10 minutes on the floor of the Senate prior to the... More »

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