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Connecticut Senators Vow To Vote Against Attorney General Nominee

Connecticut Senators Chris Murphy, left, and Richard Blumenthal said they will vote against the approval of fellow senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama as the attorney general for President-elect Donald J. Trump.
Connecticut Senators Chris Murphy, left, and Richard Blumenthal said they will vote against the approval of fellow senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama as the attorney general for President-elect Donald J. Trump. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. –Connecticut senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy said they will oppose the  nomination of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States

Blumenthal and Murphy announced their decision to oppose Sessions, a senator from Alabama, following two days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“After reviewing Senator Sessions’ record and reflecting on his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot support his nomination to be Attorney General of the United States,'' Blumenthal said. "At his confirmation hearing, Senator Sessions said simply that he would follow the law. But the Attorney General of the United States must be more than a follower. He must be a leader committed to fighting for civil rights and liberties and the active pursuit of justice,” Blumenthal said.

President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated Sessions, who has argued in court against civil rights and spoken out against immigration reform.

"I fear what a Trump-Sessions partnership would mean for families in Connecticut,'' Murphy said. "I worry that the Department of Justice would operate not as a guardian of equal justice, but instead as a protector of the powerful at the expense of the powerless. I worry that big corporations would feel free to act with impunity in commerce. I fear that immigrant and minority communities will constantly live in fear. I worry that a department that once protected Americans' right to vote would instead open the door to burdensome new barriers for those seeking to register or cast their ballots. And I worry that the government will roll back efforts to keep deadly guns away from dangerous people.

Despite the decisions of the Connecticut Democrats, Sessions appears destined to be confirmed. Republicans hold a 52-46 majority in the chamber, and some Democrats have expressed support for Sessions.

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