Patrick Leahy

Democrats to challenge Jeff Sessions on immigration, civil rights

Democrats to challenge Jeff Sessions on immigration, civil rights

Senate Democrats will challenge President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, over his hard-line stand on immigration, past record on civil rights and his support for community policing when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Alabama lawmaker is known as one of the most staunchly conservative members of the Senate, and has already drawn opposition from at least one Democrat, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Democrats don't have the power to block Sessions' nomination since Republicans control the Senate and only need a simple majority to confirm the four-term senator. However, they can use the two days of confirmation hearings...

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