Ses­sions says as AG he’d defy Trump if needed

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama Sen. Jeff Ses­sions fer­vently re­jected “damnably false” ac­cu­sa­tions of past racist com­ments Tues­day as he chal­lenged Democratic con­cerns about the civil rights com­mit­ment he would bring as Don­ald Trump’s at­tor­ney gen­eral. He vowed dur­ing his con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing to stay in­de­pen­dent from the White House and stand up to Trump when nec­es­sary.

Ses­sions laid out a sharply con­ser­va­tive vi­sion for the Justice Depart­ment he would over­see, pledg­ing to crack down on il­le­gal immigration, gun vi­o­lence and the “scourge of rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism” and to keep open the Guan­tanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

But he also dis­tanced him­self from some of Trump’s pub­lic pro­nounce­ments.

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