Senate delays Jeff Sessions’ Attorney General confirmation vote to Jan. 31

Jeff Sessions
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While many of President Donald Trump‘s Cabinet picks are being confirmed, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions will have to wait another wait on his confirmation vote to be America’s next attorney general.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday announced the committee will delay a week, until Jan. 31, at the request of California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the committee. Per the committee’s rules, any member may request a one week delay.

On Sunday, Sessions submitted nearly 200 pages of written responses to questions to the committee. Feinstein said she and her Democratic colleagues need more time to review the responses.

A spokesman for Feinstein said she requested the extra week “to give the committee more time to conduct its due diligence.”

The panel was scheduled to vote on Sessions’ nomination during a Tuesday morning committee meeting, but when Iowa-Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee’s chairman, convened he noted that Democrats wanted to delay the nomination, and said, “of course I’ll honor that request” per the committee’s rules.
The committee’s approval is a first step to Sessions’ confirmation being scheduled for a full Senate vote.

Despite Democratic opposition, Sessions is expected to be confirmed when his nomination makes its way to the Senate floor.