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Sessions Takes Reins at Justice, Ready to Walk the Line for Trump

Late yesterday Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed by his colleagues in the Senate, mostly along party lines, as President Trump’s U.S. Attorney General.

Sessions represents a major departure from the last eight years in which the DOJ was marred by radical leftist ideology at the hands of Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder before her.

Here’s more from Newsmax:

Jeff Sessions takes over as U.S. attorney general with a notable distinction among Donald Trump’s appointees: He’s a key Cabinet official who hasn’t yet publicly disagreed with the president.

Unlike Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who defended the value of NATO or Defense Secretary James Mattis who disputed the effectiveness of torture, Sessions, who won Senate confirmation Wednesday evening, is a kindred spirit with the president on law enforcement. They both champion aggressive policing, enforcement of voter registration laws and strong curbs on immigration.

“His biggest crime, I think, is that he’s very conservative,” Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said during more than 30 hours of often angry debate before the Senate voted 52-47 to confirm their colleague from Alabama.

Sessions, 70, is also one of the president’s most trusted loyalists in Washington. He was the first Republican senator to back Trump when he was seen as a long-shot during the presidential primaries. Sessions joins a tradition of attorneys general who were close confidants to presidents — from John F. Kennedy’s brother Robert to Ronald Reagan’s adviser Edwin Meese and Barack Obama’s close friend Eric Holder.

Democrats have cited Sessions’ loyalty to Trump as one of their greatest concerns in light of Trump’s early moves as president, especially his order barring entry to the U.S. from seven mostly Muslim countries. They said Trump’s travel ban and his decision to fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration, because she refused to enforce the ban show Trump is bent on testing the constitutional separation of powers.

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