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>> And one senator responded, present. The nomination is confirmed.>> Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump's controversial pick to head the Justice Department, was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday, after several Democratic senators vehemently urged their colleagues to vote against him. Many of them reading a letter written 30 years ago by Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s widow.
Her letter at the time was in opposition to Sessions' nomination to become a federal judge, and criticized his record on civil rights. Sessions' confirmation comes as the Trump Administration defends the most controversial executive order, the temporary travel ban on seven Muslim majority nations and all refugees. Reuters political reporter, Julia Edwards Ainsley.
>> Sessions is looking to be a very powerful attorney general, especially in that he has the ear of Trump. A former Sessions aide, Stephen Miller, is now a top aide to Donald Trump. People have told me that it's like Sessions downloaded his brain to Stephen Miller, and Stephen Miller uploaded his brain to Trump.
These three are aligned on issues that come to securing America's borders and keeping jobs very tightly controlled for American workers.>> But critics are concerned about Sessions' record on fighting discrimination. As a federal prosecutor in 1985, Sessions charged black Democratic activists in Alabama with voter fraud, charges that were ultimately dismissed.
From civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis to Senator Elizabeth Warren, many Democrats have come out in oppositions of Sessions, but were unable to stop him from taking the job.