The Senate passed a procedural vote 52-47 on Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to become the next attorney general. They will hold his confirmation on Wednesday. From The Washington Times:

Among all of President Trump’s Cabinet picks, Mr. Sessions has been the chief target of civil rights groups, saying he represented a retreat on their issues, particularly compared to the Obama administration.

But they were unable to sway any Republicans and even lost a Democrat in the 52-47 vote.

“We all know Senator Sessions to be a man of his word. We know he’s a man who believes in the rule of law. We know him as someone who is willing to work with anyone, regardless of party — like when he teamed up on legislation with Democratic colleagues like Senator [Richard J.] Durbin and our late colleague, Ted Kennedy,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.

The longtime senator was an early backer of Mr. Trump in the campaign, spotting someone who voiced the anti-illegal immigration message Mr. Sessions himself has driven for years.

Democrats said that connection with Mr. Trump was a problem for someone who will be called upon to serve as a legal check on the powers of the executive branch.