Protests erupt as Sen. Collins introduces Sen. Sessions for AG

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As Senator Susan Collins (R) introduces and endorses Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, a statewide protest outside her offices is underway.

Protests are taking place outside her offices in Bangor, Augusta, Biddeford, Lewiston and Portland.


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“Whether it is women’s rights, minority rights, gay rights or marijuana legalization, Maine has led the way,” said former state representative Diane Russell, a former lawmaker who is organizing the statewide protest. “Sessions has been a long-time staunch opponent of Maine values. Make no mistake, if confirmed as AG, his interpretation of the law will harm Maine people here at home.”


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Sen. Collins is introducing Sen. Sessions at his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.


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According to NBC News, the Alabama Senator is hoping his 20-year record in the Senate will be enough to convince skeptical colleagues that he should be confirmed as the nation's next attorney general in what is expected to be a fiery opening confirmation hearing Tuesday.

"You know who I am. You know what I believe in. You know that I am a man of my word and can be trusted to do what I say I will do. You know that I revere our Constitution and am committed to the rule of law. And you know that I believe in fairness, impartiality, and equal justice under the law," Sessions said in his opening remarks.

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