Jeff Sessions promises to 'systematically prosecute' gun criminals

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is the first of Donald Trump's Cabinet picks to face the Senate confirmation process for the president-elect's team.

Many of Tuesday's protesters came from Code Pink, a liberal grassroots organization; they dressed as the Statue of Liberty and held signs reading "End Racism, Stop Sessions", and "Refugees Welcome, Stop Sessions".

"I never claimed the NAACP was un-American, or that a civil rights attorney was a disgrace to his race", Sessions said, referring to allegations made against him in 1986, when then-President Ronald Reagan had nominated Sessions for a federal judgeship.

Fake KKK members are arrested during Jeff Sessions' hearing confirmation for attorney general before the Senate in Washington, D.C., on January 10, 2017.

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

Sessions was asked by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley how he would handle the Clinton probe.

Rice, the first African-American woman to serve as secretary of state, also said that Sessions has worked hard to heal the wounds in Alabama brought on by the "prejudice and injustice against the descendents of slaves".

Cean James, pastor of the Grace Christian Fellowship United Church of Christ in Philadelphia said historically the attorney general, regardless of the party in office, has been the defender of marginalized communities.

26 law school faculty members in MI signed a letter urging the rejection of Sessions as an attorney general candidate.

In asking Sen. Jeff Sessions about Russian hacking, Graham said, "How do you feel about a foreign entity trying to interfere in our election? Sessions to Charleston, South Carolina, in December of 2016 to meet with African-American pastors, law enforcement and leaders of color", Scott said.

But in a statement today, Collins says she's known Sessions since the two were sworn into the U.S. Senate on the same day in 1997.

The senator promised he will crack down on illegal immigration, gun violence and the "scourge of radical Islamic terrorism" in prepared remarks at the opening of his hearing.

  • Annette Adams