Attorney General confirmation vote delayed by Democrats

Sen. Jeff Sessions confirmation for Attorney General has been delayed by Democrats (Photo: NRA-ILA)

Sen. Jeff Sessions confirmation for Attorney General has been delayed by Democrats (Photo: NRA-ILA)

Democrats have successfully delayed the confirmation vote for President Trumpā€™s nominee for Attorney General, saying they needed more time to review Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessionā€™s background.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had been scheduled to voteĀ on Sessionsā€™s nomination Tuesday morning. Instead, the head Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, asked that the vote be delayed till next week, The Hill reports.

Following committee rules that state a one-week delay can be requested for new agenda items, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley honored the request.

Commenting on the expected delay, Sen. Feinstein said a further review was needed in light of the womenā€™s marches that occurred last Saturday and due to the fact that Sessions handed over nearly 190 pages of answers on Sunday in response to questions the nominee had received from lawmakers.

ā€œThis nomination is a very big deal,ā€ Feinstein said. ā€œOur staff needs time to go through these answers, and we need time to putĀ them in context.ā€

Democrats have voicedĀ concerns over Sessionsā€™s record on immigration and civil rights issues and on the allegations that he made racially charged remarks while U.S. Attorney in Alabama, a scandal that ultimately prevented him from being confirmed for a federal judgeship in 1986.

The delay comes as four of Trumpā€™s other nominees were voted out ofĀ committee, including the following: Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for Ambassador to the UN; Ā businessman Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary; and Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary.

Despite opposition from the Democrats, Sessions is expected to be confirmed with mostly Republican support.

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