AG pro­test­ers spark rau­cous ‘Ses­sions’

New York Post - - PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP - By MARISA SCHULTZ in DC and BOB FREDERICKS in NY

Sen. Jeff Ses­sions’ con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing Tues­day quickly de­volved into a cir­cus — with left­ist pro­test­ers in KKK out­fits and pink Statue of Lib­erty cos­tumes get­ting the boot af­ter a se­ries of out­bursts.

Black Lives Mat­ter demon­stra­tors called Don­ald Trump’s at­tor­ney-gen­eral nom­i­nee a racist; red­shirted pot­heads de­cried his hard­core drug-war­rior stance; and Code Pink fem­i­nists slammed his pro-life be­liefs.

“You know, free speech is a won­der­ful thing,” dead­panned Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at one point dur­ing the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee’s hear­ing on the Alabama Repub­li­can.

In all, about 18 pro­test­ers were ejected from the six-hour ses­sion, in which Ses­sions, 70, was al­ter­nately grilled by Democrats and de­fended by Repub­li­cans on num­ber of hot-but­ton is­sues. Among the high­lights:

Ses­sions said that wa­ter­board­ing — which Trump touted dur­ing his cam­paign — is “ab­so­lutely im­proper and il­le­gal” un­der a 2015 law that the se­na­tor op­posed.

He in­sisted he does not sup­port a ban on immigration from Mus­lim coun­tries, only beefed-up back­ground checks.

He said he would re­cuse him­self from any in­ves­ti­ga­tions of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s e-mail scan­dal if con­firmed as at­tor­ney gen­eral.

Ses­sions said he “has no rea­son to doubt” the con­clu­sion of US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies that tied Vladimir Putin to the hack­ing of Democrats dur­ing the cam­paign.

He called Supreme Court de­ci­sions on same-sex mar­riage and abor­tion set­tled law, although he per­son­ally op­poses both rul­ings, call­ing Roe vs. Wade “un­con­sti­tu­tional.”

Ses­sions said he op­posed Pres­i­dent Obama’s ex­ec­u­tive ac­tion grant­ing tem­po­rary pro­tec­tion to kids brought to the US il­le­gally by their par­ents and would not fight ef­forts to kill it.

Un­der ques­tion­ing, Ses­sions said he had never chanted, “Lock her up!” about Clin­ton dur­ing Trump ral­lies.

Sen. Pa­trick Leahy (D-Vt.) grilled Ses­sions about Trump’s com­ment that his celebrity sta­tus al­lowed him to “grab” women “by the p---y.”

Asked if grop­ing a woman’s gen­i­tals with­out her con­sent was sex­ual as­sault, Ses­sions replied, “Clearly, it would be.”

He also dis­tanced him­self from the Ku Klux Klan, say­ing: “I ab­hor the Klan and what it rep­re­sents and its hate­ful ide­ol­ogy.”

The hear­ing will re­sume on Wed­nes­day.

GRANDPA’S GOT YOU: Jeff Ses­sions holds his grand­daugh­ter Tues­day be­fore his Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing, where pro­test­ers in Ku Klux Klan out­fits ac­cused him of racism.

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