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In a confirmation hearing repeatedly interrupted by protesters, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions became President-elect Donald Trump's first Cabinet pick to answer senators vetting his political record. Jan. 10, 2017.

Here's a fraction of the many reasons that Sen. Jeff Sessions is a dangerous, disastrous pick for our nation's top law enforcement officer:

If confirmed, Senator Sessions would be the nation's most powerful law enforcement agent with broad control over federal law enforcement and criminal prosecution across the country. He would have the power to change the Justice Department's priorities, impacting everything from civil rights and police reform to voting rights and protections for the LGBTQ community.

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Mr. Sessions said he thought the Ku Klux Klan was OK until he found out some members smoked marijuana. He attacked the NAACP and ACLU as "un-American" for "forcing civil rights down the throats of people." He was reportedly involved in drafting the executive order that created the Muslim ban.

The senator has opposed nearly every immigration bill put forward in the last two decades that's included a path to citizenship. He opposes same-sex marriage as well as sexual relationships between same-sex partners. Confronted with Donald Trump's remarks about grabbing women by their genitals, Mr. Sessions said it would be a "stretch" to "characterize that as sexual assault."

Mr. Sessions voted against the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He referred to a white attorney who took on voting-rights cases as a "traitor to his race," and has faced allegations that he used the n-word to describe a Democratic official in Alabama.

He's repeatedly worked to block NSA privacy reforms, including the mild reforms put in place under the USA Freedom Act. He sided with the FBI in its effort to force Apple to break the iPhone's encryption and has pushed legislation that would force technology companies to turn over customers' private information to law enforcement.

The Alabama native is an old friend of Breitbart News, the site that mainstreamed white nationalism and has promoted racism, misogyny and other forms of hate. In the 1986 confirmation hearing that led to the rejection of Mr. Sessions as a federal judge, witnesses testified that he referred to a black attorney as "boy," and described the Voting Rights Act as "intrusive."

Mary Bell, Catonsville

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