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    Congresswoman Barbara Lee slammed Donald Trump's initiative to appoint Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The selection of US Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General is appalling given his history of racism, Congresswoman Barbara Lee said on Friday.

    ​Earlier, US President-elect Donald Trump announced he had chosen Sessions to serve as the next Attorney General and praised his legal work.

    In 1986, the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee rejected Sessions' nomination for a federal judgeship because of racially charged comments he made.

    Sessions was elected to the Senate in 1997 after serving as Alabama Attorney General and US Attorney General for the Southern District of Alabama.

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