WASHINGTON D.C. – Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the Attorney General of the United States in a narrow 52 to 47 vote in the Senate on Wednesday.
The night before, Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz joined other Senate Democrats on the senate floor for an all night rebuke of President Donald Trump’s nominee for the nation’s top law enforcement official.
Sen. Schatz took the podium after 1 a.m. EST, and spoke for an hour, criticizing the Alabama Senator for his position on marijuana, the right to vote, equality, and immigration (video segments above) among other things.
Senator Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, also stood against the nomination of Sessions. She spoke before the votes were cast.
“I will vote against the nomination of Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General because I’m deeply concerned about how he would use his prosecutorial discretion to uphold voting rights, protect civil rights, and safeguard a woman’s right to choose,” Hirono stated. “And I am seriously concerned about Jeff Sessions’ willingness to say no to the President when he needs to.”