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Jeff Sessions would recuse himself from Clinton issues if confirmed Attorney General

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UPDATE 2:26 p.m. EST

Donald Trump's transition spokesman and incoming press secretary Sean Spicer condemned the protesters that have periodically interrupted Sessions' confirmation hearing, saying they were trying to "disrupt our democratic process." 

He called on Democratic leaders like Sen. Chuck Schumer to denounce "left-wing tactics" as Trump was told to denounce "random individuals," apparently referring to white supremacist David Duke. 

UPDATE 12:11 p.m. EST: Sessions refuted allegations of racial animosity that prevented him from earning a federal judge position 30 years ago. He said the accusations were part of a "caricature."

In 1986, he was accused of calling a black lawyer "boy" and calling the ACLU and NAACP "un-American."

He also said he would not support a ban on Muslims entering the United States, which Donald Trump has repeatedly called for

Jeff Sessions would recuse himself from Clinton issues if confirmed Attorney General

UPDATE 11:15 a.m. EST:  If confirmed as Attorney General, Sen. Sessions pledged to recuse himself from any Hillary Clinton issues raised during the 2016 election.  Sessions told lawmakers because of comments he has made, "I believe the proper thing for me to do would be for me to recuse myself."

Jeff Sessions would recuse himself from Clinton issues if confirmed Attorney General
Jeff Sessions would recuse himself from Clinton issues if confirmed Attorney General

UPDATE 10:24 a.m. EST: One protester, wearing a KKK costume, yelled as he was taken out of the room, "You can't arrest me! I'm white!" (Courtesy of our partner at WJLA)

UPDATE 10:18 a.m. EST: The protests have not stopped.

Jeff Sessions would recuse himself from Clinton issues if confirmed Attorney General

UPDATE 10:12 a.m. EST: Here's another look at the protests, carried out by Code Pink.

UPDATE 9:52 a.m.: Protesters dressed as the KKK disrupted Sessions' confirmation hearing.

With President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration just days away, confirmation hearings for his cabinet picks are set to begin. 

On Tuesday, attorney general pick Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security pick John Kelly are up to bat. Sessions' hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, and Kelly's is at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Sessions is expected to be more controversial. Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, will testify against him. No Senator has ever testified against another Senator's cabinet hearing, CNN reports.

I do not take lightly the decision to testify against a Senate colleague.
Sen. Cory Booker

Booker called Sessions' views "deeply troubling." Sessions was previously denied a federal judgeship for racist remarks and calling the NAACP and ACLU "un-American." 

Democratic Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, is also expected to testify against Sessions. Both Lewis and Booker are black. 

Their collaboration drew attention.

Can Sessions be stopped?

It's doubtful. He has strong support among Republicans. He's been consistently conservative. But Democrats have blasted his past racist comments and expressed concerns that he would leave LGBT people, minorities and immigrants legally vulnerable .

His hearing will take two days, and witnesses will speak up for and against his character on Wednesday. 

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WATCH | Here's what else you can expect from the week of confirmation hearings.

Dems trying to delay

Senate Democrats are demanding for the hearings to be delayed until Trump's nominees are fully vetted by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OGE).

The director of the OGE sent Democratic leaders a letter raising concerns because they have yet to receive basic financial disclosure records from several of the nominees, including tax returns.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said all nominees would be fully vetted.

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