Senate committee approves Jeff Sessions’ AG nomination in party-line vote

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Alabama-Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions​ ​cleared another major hurdle on Wednesday, moving one step closer to ​becoming the nation’s next attorney general,​ when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved his nomination on a​​ party-line vote.

The 11-9 decision now moves to the Senate floor confirmation, where he is widely expected to be confirmed given the GOP’s 52-seat majority. To date, none of his Republican colleagues have voiced opposition to him nomination and he has the vote of at least one Democrat — West Virginia-Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin.

Upon full chamber confirmation, Sessions is poised to take over as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, a post which is now vacant following President Donald Trump‘s late-night firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday.

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