- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 12, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Thursday he will oppose the nomination of fellow U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general.

“After reviewing his record and giving careful consideration to his answers during the hearing, I am not confident in Senator Sessions’ ability to be a defender of the rights of all Americans, or to serve as an independent check on the incoming administration,” said Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat.

“I am also deeply concerned by his views on immigration, which I saw firsthand during the push for comprehensive immigration reform,” Mr. Schumer said.

The confirmation process for Mr. Sessions, Alabama Republican, stretched into its second day Wednesday with testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Sessions himself testified on Tuesday.

Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey Democrat, took the unprecedented step of testifying against a fellow senator’s nomination when he spoke before the committee on Wednesday.

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