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>> Otherwise.>>
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]>> With angry protests erupting around him in the hearing room, Senator Jeff Sessions bid to become U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday rapidly turning into a referendum on his record on race and his commitment to civil rights.>> I supported fully the historic cases that the Justice Department filed to advance civil rights.
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>> The first of President-elect Donald Trump's nominees to face a grilling, Sessions straining to defend himself against allegations of racial bias dating back to the 1980s. Among them, charges that he once held favorable views of the Ku Klux Klan.>> For the Klan and what it represents, and its hateful ideology.
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>> Sessions rejecting the charges, and saying that the nation's top lawyer, he would be an impartial defender of the rights of all Americans. Julia Edwards Ansley is following the story.>> Eight protester groups have been thrown out of the hearing as they have heckled and disrupted the process.
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Sessions was thought of as an outside figure with very fringe policies, known to be the most extreme on issues like immigration. And so a lot of these people are yelling out things like Black Lives Matter, Immigration, and it's very clear that they see this moment as the chance for them to really make a public stance against Trump.
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>> Senator Diane Feinstein asked about a letter from 1,400 law professors who oppose his confirmation based on his handling of a voter fraud case in 1986.>> This caricature of me in 1986 was not correct. I conducted myself honorably and properly->> Sessions insisting several times he would have no problem standing up to Donald Trump if he tried to take steps Sessions believed were outside the law.
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>> I do believe that if Attorney General is asked to do something that's plainly unlawful he cannot participate in that, he or she, and that person would have to resign ultimately.>> Questions came up including from Trump's position on a Muslim ban. Sessions saying it was perfectly legitimate to describe it as an intense vetting but only for people who come from countries that might harbour terrorists not a religious test that would keep anyone of the Muslim faith out of the country.
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>> With Republicans holding a majority in the Senate, Sessions is expected to coast through the hearings. And could be confirmed before Trump takes the oath of office on January 20th