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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., attends the grand opening of Trump International Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Donald Trump and his children hosted an official ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference to celebrate the grand opening of his new hotel. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A conservative group launched an online campaign to help Sessions get confirmed as AG


President-elect Donald Trump has not finished naming his Cabinet yet, but the battle to confirm his nominees has already begun.

The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), a conservative judicial group founded to support former President George W Bush's Supreme Court nominees, has launched a website and a six-figure ad campaign to support a bid by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to get confirmed as Attorney General. 

Sessions' confirmation hearings are set to begin January 10th. 

'Equal justice under law'

The website, ConfirmSessions.com, touts Sessions' career as an attorney and senator. 

The site "shows how [Sessions] has built a reputation for fighting for his constituents and for the Constitution," Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the JCN, said in a statement. 

"His record shows an absolute commitment to equal justice under law by putting the people first."

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The web ad features quotes of support for Sessions from Trump, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as well as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). It also uses news reports to highlight Sessions tough stance on illegal immigration. 

1986 federal judge confirmation battle

When Trump announced Sessions' nomination to be Attorney General, reports resurfaced about how Sessions failed to be confirmed as a federal judge by a Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986 over allegations that he made racially insensitive remarks. 

During the hearings Sessions denied he was racial prejudiced but did not deny making some the comments he was alleged to have made.

Sessions supporters have touted his work on behalf of African Americans.

Democrats in the Senate are wary

“I urge President-elect Trump to reverse his apparent decision to nominate Senator Sessions to be Attorney General,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said in a statement. 

Incoming Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement: "Given some of his past statements and his staunch opposition to immigration reform, I am very concerned about what he would do with the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice."

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