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Trump and Sessions: In a Relationship — and It’s Complicated
Strife with presidents is common for post-Watergate AGs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was one of President  Donald Trump’s early supporters. But their relationship has become more complicated. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last week that the Trump administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he was also signaling a new act in one of the summer’s most riveting political dramas. 

Sessions had been considered a dead man walking since mid-July, when Trump began berating him in interviews and on social media for his decision to recuse himself from the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Yet here he was, on a podium, serving as a proxy for the president as he announced a controversial policy decision that Sessions has sought for years — and on which Trump was reportedly wavering. 

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AG Pick Sessions Makes His Case on Civil Rights
Issue will likely dominate Senate confirmation hearing

Demonstrators from People for the American way protest Sen. Jeff Sessions’ attorney general nomination on Nov. 18 in Washington. Liberal groups have expressed concerns about Sessions’ record on civil rights. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:20 p.m. | Sen. Jeff Sessions sought to defend himself from the most contentious objections to his nomination as attorney general, using Senate confirmation paperwork to describe his role in minority voting rights and civil rights cases.

He pointed out that he sponsored the first black member of the Mobile Lions Club in the 1980s in Alabama. He touted the Justice Department’s first voter suppression lawsuit, which was in his state, and said he was “honored to have been a part of it.”