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>> I will work every day to be worthy of the demands of this august office.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions is the first of no fewer than eight Trump Cabinet picks to face a grilling on Capitol Hill this week.>> Raise your hand please and-
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>> Sessions has been accused of racist remarks in the past. Coming right out in his opening remarks to reject claims of racial bias in his handling of a voting fraud case in the 1980s.>> I was accused of failing to protect the voting rights of African Americans and of condemning civil rights advocates.
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An organization, and even harboring, amazingly, sympathies for the KKK. As civil rights division attorneys have testified before the committee, I supported fully their historic chases that the Justice Department filed to advance civil rights, and that I supported.>> With police shootings of unarmed black men gripping communities around the country from Ferguson to Charleston, civil rights advocates worry that if Sessions, if confirmed, might scale back federal oversight of local police.
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>> Attorney General must hold everyone, no matter how powerful, accountable. No one is above the law, and no American will be beneath its protection.>> Public interest groups and more 1,000 law professors urging a no vote on Sessions, but his odds look good as fellow Republican Senators rally around him.