Starting today the incoming Trump administration prospect for head of the DOJ Sen. Jeff Session begins his confirmation hearings. To start the hearings Sen. Susan Collins from Maine (a well known moderate) will introduce Sessions and highlight his long standing positive relationships with Democrat and Republican lawmakers.
Senator Collins Stated: “In the 20 years since, we have worked closely on some issues and on opposite sides on others. In fact, it would be fair to say that we have had our share of vigorous debates and policy disagreements,” according to the statement. “I can confidently vouch for the fact that Jeff Sessions is a person of integrity, a principled leader, and a dedicated public servant.”
The incoming administration has also taken great lengths to include “prominent African-American leaders to vouch for Sessions civil rights record”
Despite this, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D- California) whom is the highest ranking Democrat of the Judiciary Committee has plans of her own:
“Senator Feinstein has enlisting civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and other Congressional Black Caucus members to testify during Sessions’ hearing. Others slated to appear on behalf of Democrats include Cornell Brooks, the president and CEO of the NAACP who was recently arrested following a sit-in at Sessions’ office in Mobile, Ala., and Oscar Vasquez, a former “Dreamer” whose appearance underscores Sessions’ staunchly conservative views on immigration.”
It is unclear in the world of politics if Senator Sessions will be confirmed however the likelihood is high. First, Senator Sessions has worked with several high profile democrats over the years and even collaborated with Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin to reduce ‘crack cocaine’ sentencing guidelines. Second, the Democrats do not want to use up all their capital to ‘fight Trump’ on the first confirmation hearing. However, if the Democrats stop Senator Sessions confirmation it could really slow the momentum for the incoming administration.