Franken spars with Republicans at nomination hearing
February 2, 2017
WASHINGTON – As tensions rise in the U.S. Senate over President Donald Trump’s nominations, Sen. Al Franken on Wednesday sparred repeatedly with Sen. John Cornyn in a Judiciary Committee hearing as the Minnesota senator tried to criticize Cornyn’s fellow Republican and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Franken has been a critic of the Republican attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, and is planning to vote against him. At a hearing last month, Franken confronted Sessions about a questionnaire the Alabama senator filled out as AG nominee, with Franken charging that Sessions exaggerated his leadership and involvement in 1980s-era civil rights cases.