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Kamala Harris zings Trump attorney general pick: 'Jefferson Beauregard Sessions' is 'troubling'

Kamala Harris, California's newly elected U.S. senator, talks to media after speaking at the Eid-al Fitr Services hosted by the Islamic Center of Southern California at the L.A. Convention Center. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Kamala Harris, California's newly elected U.S. senator, talks to media after speaking at the Eid-al Fitr Services hosted by the Islamic Center of Southern California at the L.A. Convention Center. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) speaks to media at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) speaks to media at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

California’s newly elected U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris on Friday criticized President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, saying he holds views that are “incompatible with constitutional guarantees.” She pointedly referred to GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama by his given name: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions.  

Sessions is considered one of the most conservative members of the Senate, and in the 1980s his nomination to become a federal court judge was blocked over allegations he made several racially offensive remarks.

Harris called the selection "troubling."

“I have deep concerns about Senator Sessions' nomination. Particularly, I am concerned with his support for policies that would undermine core Department of Justice functions and his views that are incompatible with constitutional guarantees,” Harris said in a statement.

She also said Sessions deserves a fair and thorough confirmation hearing by the Senate.

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