The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Jeff Sessions as attorney general on Wednesday night after, making him the latest of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees to be confirmed. His confirmation comes on the back of the extremely heated and close confirmation of Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, who was sworn in today after a 50 – 50 tie in the Senate was broken by Vice President Mike Pence.
Sessions confirmation followed a heated debate in which Senator Elizabeth Warren was officially silenced by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell while reading a letter from 1986 written by the widow of Martin Luther King JR, Coretta Scott King, protesting Sessions appointment to federal judgeship. Republicans pushed Sessions long history of Judicial service while democrats cited Sessions well documented racism which caused him to no receive a federal judgeship.
the final vote was 52-47, largely along party lines, with the affirmative winning and Sessions being confirmed.