Is Sen. Sessions a Man of High Character? Sen. Whitehouse: 'We're Hearing a Lot of Views'

Penny Starr | January 11, 2017 | 2:44pm EST
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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). (AP)

( – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said he “personally” gets along with his colleague Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)--President-elecct Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general--but would not directly say whether he thinks Sessions “is a man of high character”--as a group of black pastors, who endored Sessions, indicated he was.

On Capitol Hill on Wednesday, asked Sen. Sheldon: “A group of black pastors endorsed Jeff Sessions for attorney general on Monday, saying he is a kind and decent man who has worked relentlessly for desegregation and justice. As a colleague of Senator Sessions, do you agree he is a man of high character?”

Whitehouse, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, said: “We’re hearing a lot of views. Personally, I’ve always gotten along with him.”

“The issue we face is what can we reasonably anticipate about his willingness, among other things, to enforce laws fairly with which he has vehemently disagreed in his legislative capacity,” said Sheldon. asked again: "But do you think he's a man of high character?"  

Whitehouse said: "I've given you my answer."

The Judiciary Committee is currently holding confirmation hearing on Sessions. Sessions himself testified before the committee on Tueday.

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