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Donnelly to vote against Trump AG nominee Sessions

February 3, 2017

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly says he will vote against Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general.

Donnelly, the lone Democrat elected statewide, says he is concerned about Sessions' commitment to civil rights. Sessions was rejected by the Senate for a federal judgeship in 1986 amid similar concerns. The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Sessions Wednesday for attorney general on an 11-9 party-line vote. He now faces a confirmation vote from the full Senate.

Donnelly also worries the Republican Alabama senator will support Trump efforts to stop refugees and visa-holders from entering the U.S.

Donnelly walks a delicate line as a Democrat in a red state and has previously broken rank with party leaders in Washington.

He voted to confirm Trump's U.N. ambassador, transportation secretary, CIA director and secretary of defense.

He opposed Rex Tillerson for secretary of state and also voted against Betsy DeVos for education secretary.
 

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