"Sessions’s Confirmation Hearing Set for January 10-11
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced that he will hold confirmation hearings for true immigration reformer Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), President-elect Trump’s selection for Attorney General, in mid-January before Trump is sworn in as the 45th president. (See FAIR Legislative Update, Nov. 22, 2016) In a statement, Grassley noted, 'Since President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s nomination of Herbert Brownell to be the 62nd Attorney General in 1953, hearings on a newly-elected president’s Attorney General nominee have been held prior to inauguration. (Grassley Press Release, Dec. 9, 2016) 'The hearings for the four most recent Attorneys General lasted one to two days each. At each of those hearings, three to nine outside witnesses testified.' (Id.) In announcing the January 10-11 dates, Grassley pointed out that the schedule for Sessions follows 'the same timeline as the nomination of Attorney General Eric Holder.' (Id.)"