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Published: Wed, January 11, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Hm: Cory Booker Was 'Honored' to Work With Sessions Last Year

Hm: Cory Booker Was 'Honored' to Work With Sessions Last Year

An awkwardly phrased comment at Tuesday's confirmation hearing for the attorney general nominee about Russian interference in the USA election prompted Sen.

In a shocking turn of events, Senator Jeff Sessions, who Donald Trump has tapped for his attorney general, has chose to recuse himself from any investigations dealing with Hillary Clinton.

Protesters repeatedly interrupted the start of Sessions' hearing, some dressed in KKK robes and another holding a sign that said "Support Civil Rights, Stop Sessions".

The hearing was due to be an interesting one, given Sessions' controversial reputation among civil rights groups.

Video emerged of the unidentified men posing as Klansmen being escorted out of Capitol Hill screaming, "You can't arrest me, I'm white".

Thirty years ago, Sessions' bid to become a district judge failed in the Senate over accusations that he called a black lawyer "boy" - Sessions denied this - and referred to the American Civil Liberties Union as "un-American".

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Meanwhile, confirmation hearings get underway this week for two of Trump's cabinet picks.

"The Attorney General is responsible for ensuring the fair administration of justice, and based on his record, I lack confidence that Senator Sessions can honor this duty", said Booker, a New Jersey Democrat. He now says that if he's confirmed as attorney general he would recuse himself from investigating the issue.

After Sessions clarified that he believed Trump explained that his position was to focus on countries with a history of terrorism and "strong vetting" of people coming in from those countries, Leahy asked Sessions why he voted against the resolution. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced he will oppose the Senator's nomination for U.S. Attorney General.

"It was a highly contentious campaign", Sessions said at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday morning.

Sessions began his opening statement by assuring the panel that the attorney general "must be willing to tell the president "no" if he overreaches". Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the committee, said many people are anxious about the incoming Trump presidency, especially in black communities, and in a highly unusual move, New Jersey Sen.

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