The US Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump‘s nomination for Attorney General, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, by a vote of 52 to 47.
The confirmation follows a series of divisive hearings during which Democrats attacked Mr Sessions’ record on civil rights.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren was silenced after recalling historic allegations of racism against Mr Sessions.
Mr Trump has lashed out on Twitter at Democrats stalling his cabinet picks, including Mr Sessions, who is only the sixth of Mr trump’s 15 nominees to be confirmed.
Sessions is poised to take over the sprawling Justice Department whose interim leadership was upended last week when Trump abruptly fired Yates for directing department lawyers not to defend the new administration’s executive order which suspends immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
A strong supporter of Trump and the lawmaker who helped shape the new administration’s hard-line immigration policy, Sessions’ tenure will be immediately confronted with multiple court challenges to the controversial order. A federal appeals court is expected to rule at any time on whether to strike down a temporary restraining order currently blocking enforcement of the administration’s travel ban.Please subscribe to our newsletter