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Sen. Jeff Sessions defends his civil rights record, promises to prioritize law over his personal views

Sen. Jeff Sessions defends his civil rights record, promises to prioritize law over his personal views

Sen. Jeff Sessions forcefully defended his civil rights record Tuesday and pledged, if confirmed as the nation’s next attorney general, to put aside his personal views and uphold laws protecting abortion and same-sex marriage.

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee as President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Justice Department, Sessions also vowed to recuse himself from decisions involving former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified material.

The daylong confirmation hearing was a mostly collegial affair with fellow senators politely prodding the 70-year-old former federal...

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