Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions testified for nearly 11 hours on Tuesday, wrapping up his first day in the confirmation process toward becoming the next Attorney General of the United States.

Taking rounds of questioning from his fellow senators, many of whom with which he served on the Judiciary Committee, Sessions touched on a number of topics including race, religious liberty and constitutional powers.

The Alabama Republican began the hearing by informing Committee Chairman and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley that he would recuse himself from any potential investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, because:

“I, like a lot of people, made comments the issues in that campaign with regard to Secretary Clinton and some of the comments I made. I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question.”

He also rejected the possibility of a ban on individuals of the Muslim faith from entering the United States, which Trump advocated for during the presidential campaign. Sessions did, however, voice support for a way to curb radicalized Muslims from coming to the U.S.

Sessions, 70, touched on drug issues as well. He called the lack of enforcement of federal marijuana laws “a problem of resources for the federal government” and suggested that if opinions on pot laws have changed, it should be done so at the federal level:

“One obvious concern is that Congress has made the possession of marijuana in every state an illegal act. If that is not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change it. It’s not the attorney general’s job to decide which laws to enforce. We should enforce the laws as effectively as we are able.”

Sessions addressed racial issues by saying that America “can never go back” to the way it was when he grew up in Alabama decades ago.

When pressed on his 1986 rejection by the Senate to serve as a federal judge, Sessions claimed he was unfairly characterized and that he “did not harbor the animosities” of which he had been accused, adding:

“I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters.”

Throughout most of the marathon hearing, Sessions braved protesters, many of whom were operating on behalf of the liberal group “Code Pink.” At one point, a group of protesters donning mock Ku Klux Klan uniforms chanted that Sessions was a racist. Others shouted their disagreements with Sessions' immigration positions and their criticisms of President-elect Donald Trump.

Sessions answered questions all day long, which he repeatedly emphasized were part of his desire to serve the U.S. and commitment to the law.

“I have always loved the law,” Sessions said in his opening remarks. “It is the very foundation of our great country. I have an abiding commitment to pursuing and achieving justice and a record of doing just that. If confirmed, I will give all my efforts to this goal.”

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Chad MeyerAnd I'm sure we can look forward to hearing about his marathon testimony endlessly from the media, his "supporters" and probably even him. Or maybe not. Maybe doing what he is required to do to be confirmed is just part of the job. Just like testifying before the House Select Committe on Benghazi was Hillary's job that she COULD have done prior to q.uitting because she was....she....was....so EXHAUSTED by her endless, brutal travel schedule she just had to rest. Yeah. Her "world record" travels as secretary of state. Until somebody did the math and found out Condaleeza Rice traveled much more. And to Iraq and Afghanistan, no less. Over and over. She never bragged. Of course, Hillary's unbelievable travels averaged out to about 1000 miles per week for her 4 years doing whatever it was she did. In a jet commerical or military transport, 1000 miles is about 2.5 hours, give or take. I'm fairly certain there are a lot of business travelers that rack up more miles than she did and they don't do it with an entourage and motorcade and 5-start accomodations. Over-the-road truck drivers will drive 1000 miles in a day and a half. I had a job for a couple years where for about a year I was driving 90 miles one way every day. I was driving 1000 miles a week and bouncing between 3 different shifts and having changes in mgy days off. I'm not bragging. I just did it. Because I wanted to. Overall, the whole Benghazi testimony "marathon" smelled fishy from the start. 11+ hours? Sounded a little far fetched and yeah, it was maybe just a LITTLE deceiving to say she "testified for more than 11 hours". Even Trey Gowdy addressed that little fantasy later on. She was AT THE CAPITOL for a little over 11 hours. Her actual time "on the hot seat", once breaks and lunch were subtracted, was a little over 8 hours. And obviously Hillary is never too talkative in situations where anyone dares to question her. So I'm guessing if a person watched all of her "testimony" with a stopwatch and hit the lap button every time she started and stopped talking, it might end up being 2 or 3 hours. Especially since that was the ONE hearing no Democrat dared miss and THEIR "questions" were pretty much 5 minutes of telling Hillary how wonderful she is and slamming the stupid, evil, money-wasting, witch-hunting Republicans who were on a wild goose chase investigating something that didn't need investigating. Well, maybe not as much as steroids in baseball needed to be investigate. But Republicans couldn't come up with anything that crucial so they had to stick to their job of government oversight and checks and balances on the executive branch and investigating the deaths of U.S. federal government employees overseas. Because Hillary's "independent Accountability Review Board" didn't quite get the job done. Which is weird since it was so independent they didn't even question Hillary about Benghazi. Maybe the fact that she chose all but one of the members had something to do with that. I'm sure she met privately with them and personally assured them that she had told all she knew. And the other kind of humorous part of the heroic Hillary marathon testimony narrative was that we were supposed to be impressed and amazed that she sat on her ample posterior talking for hours and hours. We already knew she could do exactly what she did. Sit on her butt, talk down to people, play the victim, laugh inappropriately,  deny any suggestion she is anything but the finest human being to every walk the earth, know everything but recall nothing and talk and talk and talk and say nothing. And of course afterward have her cronies initiate the Hillary PR onslaught about how smart she is, how stupid Republicans are, how easy it was making them look bad, how hard she works and how completely untroubled she is by the whole unimportant, irrelevant non-scandal. I think she or one of her cronies even got on Twitter to yuck it up and let anyone know what after her Benghazi triumph they all went out for INDIAN FOOD AND BEER. Yep. Go out and celebrate. Especially with foreign food and alcoholic beverages. And brag about how easy it was to testify about dead Americans for "11 hours". Boy, it's a good think the Russians hacked that election because there is no other possible explanation why anyone would ever be hesitant to have a President Hillary.