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Trump’s Attorney General Pick Urged to Recuse Himself From Confirmation Votes

© AFP 2021 / MANDEL NGANSenator Jeff Sessions, R-AL, speaks at a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Ambridge Area Senior High School on October 10, 2016 in Ambridge, Pennsylvania
Senator Jeff Sessions, R-AL, speaks at a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Ambridge Area Senior High School on October 10, 2016 in Ambridge, Pennsylvania - Sputnik International
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President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Attorney General, US Senator Jeff Sessions, should follow more than a half century of precedent and not vote for his own confirmation or that of his potential colleagues, US Senator Richard Blumenthal said in a letter to Sessions on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier it was reported that Trump chose Sessions to serve as the next Attorney General and praised his legal work.

"I respectfully urge you to send a strong signal that your work as Attorney General, if you are confirmed, will be conducted with necessary impartiality and fairness by voluntarily recusing yourself from voting on your own nomination, and the nominations of your potential future Cabinet colleagues, when these votes come before the Senate," Blumenthal wrote.

US President-elect Donald Trump yells to members of the media from the steps of the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, US, November 19, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Blumenthal noted that none of the six Democratic and Republican senators nominated and confirmed by the US Senate for cabinet positions since 1960 have cast a vote for their own nomination.

The recusal would ensure that Sessions avoids any appearance of "bias and impropriety," Blumenthal added.

Sessions currently serves as senator from the US state of Alabama.

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