Sen. Jeff Sessions testified before Congress on Tuesday that he believes the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should continue to detain alleged terrorists.
"It's designed for that purpose," Sessions told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee weighing his bid to be the next attorney general. "It fits that purpose marvelously well. It's a safe place to keep prisoners. We've invested a lot of money" in it.
President Obama was unable to fulfill his pledge to close the prison, which since it began accepting detainees in 2002 has held a total of nearly 800 prisoners. The George W. Bush and Obama administrations have transferred the vast majority of those prisoners to other countries.
At the Republican National Convention last July, retired Gen. Michael Flynn famously led Donald Trump’s supporters in angry chants of “Lock her up!” to demand prosecution of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Flynn has suggested Americans should fear all Muslims and argued that terrorism committed by Muslims is rooted in mainstream Islam. “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL,” he tweeted last February.
In a confirmation hearing repeatedly interrupted by protesters, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions became President-elect Donald Trump's first Cabinet pick to answer senators vetting his political record. Jan. 10, 2017.
If confirmed as attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions said he would have "no objection" to the president rescinding a program that deferred deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.
"It is very questionable constitutionally," Sessions testified at his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
President Obama in 2012 created a program that has given temporary work permits to so-called Dreamers — those given protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. There are about 742,000 in the program.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the next attorney general, forcefully rebutted allegations that he once had harbored sympathies for racist groups and had condemned civil rights advocates.
"These are damnably false charges," Sessions said, straying from his prepared statement at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing.
He later added, "I did not harbor the race-based animosities I am accused of. I did not."
While Republicans lay the groundwork for rolling back the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans are still signing up for Obamacare health plans, new federal data show.
As of Dec. 24, more than 11.5 million people had enrolled in a health plan through one of the insurance marketplaces created by health law, including HealthCare.gov and Covered California.
That is nearly 300,000 more sign-ups than last year at this point, signaling continued strength in the marketplaces despite the uncertainty about whether the incoming Trump administration and congressional Republicans will scrap them.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick to be the next attorney general, testified before Congress on Tuesday that he would recuse himself from any investigations and prosecutions involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Sessions and Trump called during the fall campaign for Clinton to be investigated and prosecuted for her use of a private email server, despite determinations by the FBI and Justice Department that her actions did not warrant charges. Since his election, Trump has said he did not support such an investigation or prosecution.
Sessions said he had made comments during the "contentious" campaign about Clinton's use of the email server and her family's charitable foundation that could place his objectivity in question.