LIVE VIDEO: Final Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearing

The hearing is already underway. Surely this will come up:

Well, this is awkward. Video of Sally Yates’ Deputy Attorney General confirmation hearing in 2015 shows Sen. Jeff Sessions — Trump’s pick for the country’s top legal position — grilling her about her responsibility to the then-President, Barack Obama, should he require her to execute “unlawful” views.

“You have to watch out because people will be asking you to do things and you need to say no. You think the Attorney General has the responsibility to say no to the President if he asks for something that’s improper?” the Alabama senator asks her.

“A lot of people have defended the Lynch nomination, for example by saying ‘well, he appoints somebody who’s going to execute his views, what’s wrong with that?'” he asks, referring to Obama’s 2014 nomination of Loretta Lynch to the role of Attorney General.

“But if the views the President wants to execute are unlawful, should the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General say no?” Yates replies: “Senator, I believe the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution and to give their independent legal advice to the President.”

  • Todd20036

    Call me pessimistic. I think the democrats will cave.

    • Tiger Quinn

      That’s not even pessimism, it’s just a certainty.

    • Boreal

      I do too. Not hopeful about anything anymore.

    • safari

      It’s especially sad since they literally have millions who are willing to spontaneously march in opposition to Trump, though not necessarily for them.

    • Mike C

      I’d call you realistic. These confirmation hearing aren’t real. They’re just a rite of passage for expired politicians.

    • GayOldLady

      I think the Dems will stand together and vote solidly against Sessions.

      • I think most will. I don’t think a single Republican will vote against him though. We only need three plus all the Dems and Independents. It’s not going to be enough.

        • Ninja0980

          It’s not but I stand by the fact the nuclear option had to be done.
          The number of judicial vacancies Trump would get to fill would be close to 200 or more if Democrats hadn’t done what they did.

    • Then we should primary every fucking one of them. A bunch of them are up for re-election in 2018.

    • Ninja0980

      Even if they don’t, they can’t stop him due to the nuclear option.

    • Acronym Jim

      Before the ousting of acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, and now the demotion and replacement of the head of I.C.E. (Immigration Enforcement), Daniel Ragsdale, I would have agreed. I’m hoping the Democrats recognize a purge when they see one.

    • JaniceInToronto

      The democrats engineered their own downfall the created this mess.
      I don’t see how they’re going to be able to do a damn thing. They’re a powerless minority at this point.

      Might as well ask Jill or Bernie what they’re going to do about it.

      Sorry eh? Hopefully Putin will nuke DC and put everyone out of their misery.

    • Ernest Endevor

      They have picked their fights. Schumer was quite clear about it, saying they don’t have the resources to take on everything (BECAUSE DEMOCRATIC VOYERS DON’T SHOW UP). Ok, he didn’t say that last thing. But clearly they have worked out how to approach this onslaught.

      • Exatron

        Sessions was one of the fights I wanted picked. He’ll be in charge of enforcing civil rights law and voting rights law.

        • Ernest Endevor

          I think they’re voting against him but let’s see. Part of the intent of Trump’s Shock and Awe is to demoralize people like you and I.

      • boatboy_srq

        Democratic voyeurs do too show up – oh, wait…

        • Ernest Endevor

          Damn you, auto-correct!

          • boatboy_srq

            Otto Kerrekt is nobody’s friend.

    • Chuck in NYC

      “I enjoy riding the stationary bike next to him in the Senate gym.”

  • Sam_Handwich

    DiFi didn’t mince any words

  • Boreal

    Fuck you Orrin Hatch, Klansmen do not belong in the Justice Dept.

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  • Sam_Handwich

    snorrin snatch

  • The_Wretched

    Lawyers have extra-duties to follow the law and not assist in what they believe to be illegal acts. ‘lawyer ethics’ are a bit on the weird side but the profession takes seriously the duty to stand up and not just follow orders.

  • zhera

    Wait a minute! You mean that it’s possible to record conversations, both in audio AND video, and then play them back in the future?

    OH MY GOD! This changes everything. I mean, we like, have to act consistantly now, in order to avoid ridicule and worse. Shit!

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      Whodathunkit…..

    • Hue-Man

      Republican VCR’s are still flashing 12:00!

  • Sam_Handwich
  • BobSF_94117

    Pity they don’t replay the video of Sessions grilling Yates.

  • TuuxKabin

    A bit OT: — “If you’re wondering why [__________________] is announcing his Supreme Court pick at 8pm tomorrow night … [Rep. Nancy Pelosi] has a 9pm town hall on CNN.” [David Martosko] POLITICO

    • GayOldLady

      That sneaky bastard. I thought he wanted to do it because that’s prime time TV viewing. Maybe it’s a combination of both.

      • TuuxKabin
        • GayOldLady

          Oh darlin, that’s from the way, way, way back machine. I love hearing Janis kickin it in that one.

          • TuuxKabin

            You tellin’ me! Wore this album out, had to replace it a couple of times. We’re listening to the entire album now for our luncheon/concert. Both of us are amazed how well it holds up. Such a powerful force. It was a thrill having her as a neighbor for a bit. Just a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and any time near Janis was the right place to be. Prolly like hangin’ ’round you. oxo

          • GayOldLady

            How Lucky you were to have known her. I loved her music, she was a
            classic. No one could duplicate that voice. We have an old album
            collection. Tons of stuff from the 60-80’s including Janis, don’t play
            it much, even though we still have the turntable. DVD is just so much
            easier. I love the old Motown music and most of the R&R groups from the 60’s, amazing how you can find all of it on DVD. We have Sirius and when we travel we party all the way too and from our destination, we pack our party cooler like we’re in our 20’s. And Oh yes, I was a bit of a hellion, particularly in HS (won superlative “Wittiest” every year of HS). I definitely had a lot of fun and raised some hell in the process, but I was never in the Joplin class of hell raising. Still, I had that whole 60’s thing down, Long hair, long braids, bell bottoms and all. I even sang with a band in HS, sang both Rock and R&B. I continued singing for a few years after HS, but children put an end to that. As with everything, life moved on and I moved with it. Hope you Enjoy your afternoon of Joplin Music and munchies honey. XO to you!!!!

          • TuuxKabin

            That you won wittiest every year does not surprise me, just made me grin all the wider in appreciation. I graduated high school June ’64, came home from our all night party, was already packed , kissed step mom and dad ‘bye bye, I’ll be in the city (SF), be back Sunday to let you know how and where I’m doin’. Or sumsing like that. Found an apartment in the Haight. A $300 a month job and lived the good life. And it only got better, until Altamont. Sigh. All good things come to a crashing halt, eventually. But we have the music from then and there to keep the perspective. If you can, when you can, I’d enjoy knowing what you sang. Any covers of R&R bands? I was just swoonin’ the other day, listening to Smokey Robinson:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlzY6cWpoMQ

          • GayOldLady

            I think our entire generation left home as soon as we graduated. I left home a week after I graduated HS. Never returned, I was 17. I know you had a great time in SF, I could only dream about living in SF because by the time I decided I couldn’t live my life being married to a man, I had 3 children and I was planted, where I was, for life. I don’t regret it though because I can’t imagine life without my children, grandchildren and greats and if I had moved away I wouldn’t have met my wonderful baby.

            The songs people always requested me to sing were “Summertime”, “House of the Rising Sun” and “feeling good” I was fond of R&B ballads and that’s what I sang the best.

            And I Loved Smokey, but no one better than Marvin Gaye. I literally listen to him everyday. Everything he sang I love. Favorite Album cover is a tough one. I’ll have to think about that for a while.

            My favorite: Marvin Gaye….Ain’t no Mountain High Enough. Brings me back to the 60’s when it was a favorite of the drag queens and I loved watching them perform it. It’s just lifts my spirits.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC5PL0XImjw

          • TuuxKabin

            IF you had made it to San Francisco I bet we’d of been dancing together somewhere, there was so much music. Couldn’t avoid it. And yes, those days – end of the Bohemians and their influence on the scene – the building electricity in the air that something was about to happen, then wham, bam, thank ya’ mam’ we were turned on by it all.

            Charles Pierce was a constant performer at The Gilded Cage in the very seedy Tenderloin. I was never carded for the last show because it ended after 2AM, or something. I don’t know. But he was my first drag, that I knew of, I ever saw. His antics still make me laugh. A strobe light on him in a plastic floral rope swing, flying out over the audience, the queens at the front tables had to duck to avoid getting a pair of high heels in the forehead, drinks spilling, tables nearly turned over, screaming. hysterical laughter and gleeful pandemonium. I truly had a belly side ache from that. And seeing him the first time stoned – weed – made it all the more hysterical. A San Francisco treasure he was.

            My favorite Marvin Gaye song:

          • GayOldLady

            I stayed on the dance floor so i’ve no doubt we would have danced and laughed the night away.I bet we both had enough fun for a couple of lifetimes each. I loved every minute of it.

          • TuuxKabin
          • GayOldLady

            Love it.

          • GayOldLady

            The best performance ever of “Feeling Good”.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfJRX-8SXOs

          • TuuxKabin

            Gawd I love this version! When the orchestra kicked in I jumped, a shiver went thru me and I let out a whoop. I think it’ll be a Nina Simone dinner dance ’round here tonight. Slow and easy and “Feeling Good!” Thank you dollingk, thank you. We still have a bottle of fine red wine, and tomorrow can pick up another, keep this birthday season going!

  • another_steve

    His prior question concerning an Attorney General’s obligation to say “no” doesn’t matter anymore.

    This is Republican Alt-Reality Land. Prior words don’t matter or simply don’t exist.

  • JoeMyGod
    • TrollopeReader

      Be nice to see similar from Sen. Collins and two other Rs …. Country over Party.

      • Collins introduced him so don’t count on her. She’s good on a couple of social issues but other than that she’s a party loyalist. She’s pretty much only considered a moderate because she’s for gay rights. Other than that she might as well be a Teabagger.

        • Acronym Jim

          She has been getting hammered by protesters in Portland, Maine over this action.

          • Collins is not up for re-election until 2020 but there is some speculation that she will run for governor in 2018. She has to walk a thin line. she can’t be too pro-Trump but she can’t be too much against him either. Clinton won Maine but not by that much.

    • Mordred LeFey

      Hey look! Tammy Baldwin! Literally the only good thing about Wisconsin right now. I love her.

  • TimCA

    From Salon:

    “Signs of trouble on Team Trump? Jeff Sessions could be in trouble; Michael Flynn could be toast”

    “Sessions looks worse in the wake of Sally Yates’ firing; Flynn may be too erratic even for the Trump White House”

    http://www.salon.com/2017/01/31/signs-of-trouble-on-team-trump-jeff-sessions-could-be-in-trouble-michael-flynn-could-be-toast/

    • Boreal

      They only need 50 votes. Repugs don’t care about any of those issues.

      • GayOldLady

        But what might happen is moderate Republicans like Graham, McCain, Flake, Collins, may decide they don’t won’t to sink with tRump and he will sink.

        • Boreal

          I have zero faith in them.

          • GayOldLady

            I must admit, the word “faith” is not really in my vocabulary, so in that regard I agree. There is the possibility though that they might fear the fallout of their constituents.

          • Ninja0980

            They stabbed Obama in the back when he tried to make a similar deal a la W to avoid the nuclear option.
            Won’t be any different here.

        • Not one of them is moderate. Not one. They are all reasonable on an issue or two but not even close to moderate. And Collins introduced Sessions. She’s not just going to vote for him. She’s helping him in the process.

    • Butch

      The thing about Flynn has been reported elsewhere (No More Mr. Nice Blog quotes a bunch of sources this morning), but who knows who in the administration is “leaking” this information and why they’re doing it.

    • KnownDonorDad

      It would be so nice to get rid of Gen. Jack D. Ripper.

  • GayOldLady

    Next Atty General, Beauregard Sessions, welcomes you to the Confederate States of uMerica

    http://www.internetweekly.org/images/general_sessions.jpg

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Why is Justin Timberlake there ?

  • GayOldLady

    The problem with this vote is there are 11 Republicans and 9 Democrats. I don’t think Sessions will get 1 Democratic vote, but I doubt that the Dems can swing a vote to their dissent of Sessions. So, it’s likely a done deal. The only Republican on the committee who might stand with us is Lindsey Graham, but I doubt it.

    • danolgb

      It has to go up to the full Senate and the Dems could at least show some spine and attempt a filibuster.

      • GayOldLady

        Like the committee vote, all that’s needed on the Senate floor is a simple majority. On this vote, as well as Tillerson and Devos, I don’t think they’ll get a Dem vote unless that vote comes from Manchin.

        • danolgb

          They can force a debate on the main floor. This would require a cloture vote to stop the debate. At least it would be a stall of 30 hours. People really need to be calling their Senators.

          • GayOldLady

            I’ve called my Senators everyday since tRump began naming his cabinet choices. Both of my Senators are Repubs and committee chairs.

  • TrollopeReader

    BREAKING: Dems to boycott hearings on Mnuchin and Price … this is more than just a stall … concern about untruthful answers ….

  • Djurisk
  • BobSF_94117

    I suspect the GOP side has been up all night planning a series of “questions” that offers Sessions the opportunity to show that he would “stand up to the president” while totally avoiding telling us how he would have reacted to the EO on immigration.

    And it will work. It’s a stunning thing to vote against a Senate colleague of his stature. Very poisonous stuff.

    • Chuck in NYC

      Especially when you enjoy looking at his legs when he’s changing in the Senate gym’s locker room.

  • Paula

    Good news, everyone! The new Homeland Security uniforms are almost ready. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ff214caf249d2b8a0e502a9424fbc5681dfcd379ebe59afc3265b7798b5c2b05.jpg

    • BobSF_94117

      Say what you will about the Nazis, but their fashion sense was impeccable.

      • KnownDonorDad

        The fashion, songs, and regalia were all ways to draw people in, and it was unfortunately terribly successful.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Earth tones- always a good choice

  • Mordred LeFey

    I should have contacted my Senators. At least I know Tammy Baldwin will do her part. Ron Johnson is a pro-life Republican though, so I doubt he’ll do anything different.

  • Boreal
    • TimCA

      Lindsey Graham: Acquiescence for racists….. our ‘peculiar institution’

      • Boreal

        Lindsey is ok with strange fruit.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      why its heritage. Not hate!

  • Boreal

    “Who should trump pick?”

    How about someone who is qualified and not a racist piece of shit.?

    • MusicBear88

      That’s way too much to hope for.

  • JIM W

    Do you really think he has the balls to truthfully answer the question he asked of other AG nominees?

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Lindsi is never more smug, arrogant and obnoxious than in hearings. He chuckles as a woman is dragged out of the room, a powerless woman exercising her free speech and raising her voice, which is all she can really do. It’s just all so amusing to him.

    • MusicBear88

      As Stephanie Miller said of Lindsey Graham “…and then a purse fell out of his mouth.”

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      God, the way he stares up at the ceiling as he bestows his words of wisdom on the public makes my skin crawl.

  • Boreal

    Boo hoo bitch. McCain is a pantywaist who voted for trump and you’re worried about John Lewis? FUCK YOU.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Thank you Lindsay, for finally shutting the fuck up.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      Anyone looking for Graham to be the Republican voice of reason who can provide a check to Trump is going to be sadly disappointed.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Lindsi says he rubberstamps every nominee, regardless of Party, because “elections have consequences”. Then what the fuck is the point of a hearing? WTF is the point of his being on the committee?

  • Ninja0980

    This POS is going to get confirmed, as are all of the rest of Trump’s aka Pence’s picks.
    The downside of the nuclear option, which likely wouldn’t have stopped most of these guys/gals from getting through as shown by the fact many Dems seem unwilling to take part in blocking whichever rightwing hack Trump will nominate to SCOTUS.

  • Acronym Jim

    “You have to watch out because people will be asking you to do things and you need to say no…”

    Well, that wasn’t condescending at all. /s

    • boatboy_srq

      It’s a very [Nancy] Reaganesque thing to say.

  • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    wait, where’s his Asian grandkid? Did his daughter finally find day care for them???

    As someone who went to AL for college in 2004, I can atest that Jeff my-Asian-grandkid-cant-leave-me-alone Sessions is a known racist & deeply despised by the college educated crowd of all races. The fact that he’s still an incumbent senator speaks volumes of the GOP’s voter suppression & gerrymandering scheme.

    Let’s hope he won’t get confirmed. Just a hope!!!

  • Paul David

    Okay everyone!

    Let’s see which Democrats vote to confirm this racist p-o-s.

    It’s time to primary the fawk out of them.

  • Richard

    Democratic senators please do whatever you can to keep Sessions out. It’s way past time to pay back Republicans for their obstruction.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Cornyn’s contribution to the “hearing” about Sessions is to attack Democrats. How is that helpful?

    • boatboy_srq

      Posturing for the masses. Because tRump’s nominees don’t really need Dem support to be approved.

      Remind me again how wonderful and necessary bipartisanship is?

  • MusicBear88

    WE keep bringing up that Hillary won the popular vote?!

    • JaniceInToronto

      No one cares about Hillary. She’s history.

      • bobbleobble

        But it’s important to keep hammering away that Trump didn’t win a plurality, never mind a majority, of the people who voted. His mandate is shaky at best. Even his electoral college victory is shaky because in the three states that put him over the top there’s only a margin of 80k votes between him and Hillary. 41k vote differently and she wins. That’s 41k out of over 13m votes cast.

        So that’s why this keeps getting mentioned, because a majority of people voted for someone else and a plurality wanted a different president. That makes protests, filibusters, obstruction etc etc legitimate. Trump has to be shown (though god only knows if the Dems have the balls for it) that he isn’t king, he didn’t win a sweeping mandate and he needs to learn to compromise.

        • JaniceInToronto

          The only thing they will focus on is that they won, that Donald was sworn in as president, and that they will do as they damn well please. Do you really think Bannon gives a shit about what some liberal is bitching about?

          They don’t care about anyone but Rethugs. Most of them will let criticism just roll off their backs.

  • LawdyB

    They purposefully delayed naming people to the cabinet positions so that they can then claim Democrats are being slow and say just approve them already. George W. and Obama both had their nominees submitted for ethics reviews and these hearings far earlier in the transition than Trump. Trump barely submitted names for ethics review.

  • FAEN

    Watching Sessions during the UAFA hearings is all I need to know that he would be a horrific, scary AG. A man who won’t protect us. Ever.

  • A Black

    Of course he respects you. You are a white man.

  • wilder5121

    Little Comrade Trump the Twitter Queen doesn’t know what an Attorney General is or does. Big Comrade Putin approves of Sessions. That’s all that matters. This is just a smoke and mirrors dog and pony show. Go back to sleep, people.

  • vernacular100