Franken to oppose Sessions

Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMeet the Democrats' last best hope of preserving a House majority Franken rules out challenge against Gillibrand for Senate seat Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour MORE (D-Minn.) says he will oppose Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE (R-Ala.), President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE’s pick for attorney general.

“I’m going to vote against Sen. Sessions,” Franken said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday. "I just don’t feel comfortable that he would protect all Americans’ rights.”

Franken's announcement comes a day after Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerKelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Hundreds attend mass funeral for victims of Bronx apartment building fire Romney: I never got a call from White House to discuss voting rights MORE (D-N.Y.) said he opposes Sessions as the nation’s top law enforcement official.


“After reviewing his record and giving careful consideration to his answers during the hearing, I am not confident in Senator Sessions’ ability to be a defender of the rights of all Americans, or to serve as an independent check on the incoming administration,” Schumer said in a statement Thursday.

Franken accused Sessions of overstating the number of desegregation cases he had prosecuted during his confirmation hearing Tuesday.

“Our country needs an attorney general who doesn’t overstate his record,” he said.

Sessions said in a 2009 interview he had prosecuted between 20 and 30 desegregation cases. He acknowledged during Tuesday’s hearing, though, that the number of cases in which he was lead prosecutor was likely smaller than that.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Wednesday made history as the first sitting senator to testify against another sitting senator in a Cabinet hearing.

“Sen. Sessions has not demonstrated a commitment to a central requisite of the job to aggressively pursue the congressional mandate of civil rights, equal rights and justice for all of our citizens,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Critics have made Sessions’s record on race and civil and voting rights a key focus of his confirmation hearing. Sessions needs 50 votes to win confirmation in the Senate, meaning he could be confirmed without any votes from Democrats.