ACLU vows to sue Sessions if he violates Constitution as attorney general
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) vowed to sue Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsKey GOP lawmaker throws cold water on Rosenstein impeachment With new immigration policy, Trump administration gutting the right to asylum Homeland Security advisory council members resign over family separations: report MORE if he violates the Constitution immediately after he was confirmed by the Senate as attorney general.

“If he violates the Constitution, we’ll sue,” the ACLU tweeted on Wednesday night.

The ACLU launched the first successful lawsuit against the Trump administration in late January when it filed a complaint on behalf of two men who were detained at an airport as a result of Trump’s controversial executive order barring travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the U.S. 

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A federal judge filed an emergency stay on parts of the executive order at the time as a result.

The group has received a flood of donations and is setting itself up as one of the key players in coming legal fights over Trump's agenda.

Sessions was confirmed by the Senate after a contentious all-night debate about his nomination. Sessions, a Republican senator from Alabama, was eventually confirmed in a 52-47 vote.

The vote came after Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump pick to face grilling over family separations On The Money: Commerce to review uranium imports | Lawmakers urge Trump not to impose auto tariffs | White House wants steeper cuts to EPA funding | Google hit with massive B fine Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE (D-Mass.) was barred from speaking on the Senate floor against Sessions Tuesday night. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting MORE (R-Ky.) said her speech, in which she was reading a letter by the late civil rights activist Coretta Scott King against Sessions's federal judgeship nomination in the 1980s, was impugning another member of the Senate.