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(Washington, D.C.) — Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on how she will vote on President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions.

“Over the past few weeks, I have heard from so many people across Washington state expressing deep concern about and opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to the office of Attorney General. I share their concerns, and I will be voting against his confirmation and urging other Senators to do the same.

“Now, more than ever, we need an Attorney General who will be independent, who will put the Constitution first, protect our rights, and who is willing to stand up to President Trump’s illegal and unconstitutional actions whenever they occur. I know Senator Sessions, and given his central role in advising the president’s campaign and administration, I do not believe he is the right person to perform those duties.

“I have seen Senator Sessions at work in the Senate, and I have serious concerns about his commitment to standing up for the right of everyone in this country to be treated equally under the law. From his extreme stance on immigration, to his vote against the Violence Against Women Act and the Voting Rights Act, to his efforts to undermine women's constitutionally protected reproductive rights, and his positions on criminal justice reform, civil rights, and so much more— I do not believe that Senator Sessions is the kind of person, committed to the principles of tolerance and inclusiveness, who can do this critical job on behalf of every American.”