US Senate confirms Jeff Sessions as Trump's attorney general
Senator Jeff Sessions speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the U.S. Senate approved the appointment of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (52-47) to become the U.S. Attorney General under President Donald Trump.

Sessions' has been a controversial appointment, specifically due to his alleged record of making various racist comments. A 500-plus page transcript of Sessions’ 1986 confirmation hearings for a federal judgeship nomination revealed Sessions reportedly called the NAACP and the ACLU “un-American” and “Communist.”

During Tuesday's Senate debate regarding Sessions' appointment, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as she attempted to read a letter from the late Coretta Scott King criticizing Sessions.