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3 Top Democrats Who Praised Sessions & What They Said

The Washington Examiner dissects past statements from three Democrats who have questioned Sessions’ nomination for attorney general…

Democrat Criticism of Sessions

Three Democrats who have served with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on the Judiciary Committee are publicly questioning President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of the Alabama lawyer to lead the Department of Justice.

The Democrats include Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), but it wasn’t so long ago that all three of them sang Sessions’ praises, highlighting the partisan politics that comes into play with these Cabinet-level nominations.

The Washington Examiner lists some of these Democrats’ glowing praise for Session that they’ve suddenly forgotten in recent days:

SCHUMER:

During a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on July 19, 2005, he said to Sessions, “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and I want to thank all the witnesses. First, I do want to thank you, Mr. Chairman, for your fairness here. We have an equal number of witnesses on both sides in a very complicated and difficult issue, and I appreciate it.”

At a November 2011 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun background checks, he said “You set a very good example, senator,” after Sessions described his 15 years of prosecuting gun cases.

DURBIN:

At the 2010 confirmation hearing of Elena Kagan to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, he said, “Sen. Sessions is a man of his word.”

LEAHY:

At the same Kagan hearing, he said, “I’ve had a lot of discussions with Sen. Sessions who is actually wonderful to work with.”

And at the 2009 confirmation hearing for Eric Holder to be Attorney General, the Vermont senator said to Sessions, “Sen. Sessions is here: of course, Sen. Sessions is also a former U.S. attorney and knows what one goes through in that regard, and we’ve relied on him for that experience. And, Sen. Sessions, it’s over to you.” To which Sessions responded, “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And, congratulations, Mr. Holder, on the nomination.”