The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sen. Jeff Sessions nomination as Attorney General, sending it to the floor of the Senate for final confirmation.
The vote was 11-9, split on party lines.
Democrats tried to link Sessions to Trump’s immigration EO, through his former aide Stephen Miller. Miller has been with Trump for quite some time, serving in the campaign. But that didn’t stop Sen. Durbin from bringing it up.
“To suggest he didn’t have an impact on these executive orders is misleading,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said. “He had indirect influence at the highest level.”
But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) argued that being a close adviser to Trump doesn’t disqualify him from being attorney general.
“Who do you expect him to pick?” he asked, adding that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was okay with President John Kennedy choosing his brother Robert Kennedy to be attorney general.
Who do you really expect the president to pick?”
The best rejoinder of the day was from a protester: “Certainly not a puppet.” That got her booted from the room, but it’s funny nonetheless. And what the hell is “indirect influence at the highest level?” It’s nonsensical rubbish.
It’s expected that Sessions will be approved by the full Senate, even without his own vote.