Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is set to appear before his Senate colleagues on Tuesday, as the Senate Judiciary Committee decides whether to confirm his nomination as President-elect Donald Trumps attorney general.
Sessions remains popular in his home state of Alabama, which hes represented in the Senate since 1997. But more than a decade before Sessions was first elected, the Senate publicly skewered him during a confirmation hearing for a judgeship appointment to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
Among claims from senators and witnesses called to testify: Sessions had called a black attorney boy, suggested a white lawyer working for black clients was a race traitor, and referred to the NAACP, the National Council of Churches and the ACLU as un-American and Communist-inspired organizations which Sessions admitted.
The senators ultimately didnt vote on Sessions, and his nomination was withdrawn.
If Sessions fares better on Tuesday, the committee will likely vote to send his nomination to the Senate floor. If a majority of senators support his confirmation, he will become the next U.S. attorney general.
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