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Elizabeth Warren urges rejection of Jeff Sessions for attorney general

Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke Sunday at a protest in Copley Square against President Trump’s immigration order.Keith Bedford/Globe staff/Boston Globe

Senator Elizabeth Warren announced Tuesday that she’ll vote against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to lead the Justice Department when the issue comes up for a vote in the full Senate.

“It’s time for the Senate to stand up for the Constitution and exert moral leadership,” Warren said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon, urging fellow senators to vote against their colleague.

Sessions’ nomination is currently being considered by the Judiciary Committee, and he’s expected to be confirmed by the full Republican-led Senate as early as this week.

Warren also blasted President Trump in her statement for firing Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, after Yates said she would not defend his executive order banning refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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“Last night, the acting Attorney General of the United States refused to defend President Trump’s unlawful and unconstitutional Muslim ban, so Donald Trump fired her. Let me repeat: the President of the United States just fired the nation’s top law enforcement officer for refusing to defend an illegal, unconstitutional and deeply immoral order,” Warren wrote.

Warren last week said she would vote against the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education, but voted in favor of Dr. Ben Carson to lead Housing and Urban Development after he made a series of pledges during his confirmation hearing on affordable housing and other issues.


Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.