Last night (February 8), after weeks of contentious debate, the Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions as the new United States attorney general. In that position, he will head the Department of Justice, which is charged with overseeing law enforcement and influences policy around police violence, civil rights and criminal justice.
The final vote tally was 52-47, with Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV) joining his Republican colleagues and Sessions (who represents Alabama) voting “present.” Sessions was sworn into office this morning (January 9).
Here’s how nine justice advocacy groups feel about his confirmation.
We will not forget the 52 Senators who ignored the millions of ordinary folks & voted for racism, bigotry & the weakening of American values— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) February 9, 2017
The U.S. just confirmed an Attorney General who believes the most offensive aspect of the KKK is their marijuana use. #Sessions— MacArthur Justice (@MacArthrJustice) February 9, 2017
To the 52 Senators who voted yes on Sessions: You’ve shown how little racial justice + voting rights matter to you. We will not forget this.— Women’s March (@womensmarch) February 9, 2017
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BREAKING: Jeff Sessions confirmed as attorney general.— ACLU National (@ACLU) February 9, 2017
If he violates the Constitution, we’ll sue. pic.twitter.com/le02tuG2Pg