Sen. Grassley signals green light on Sessions

In this photo taken Nov. 17, 2016, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. speaks to media at Trump Tower in New York. President-elect Donald Trump has picked Sessions for the job of attorney general. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NEW YORK (AP) – Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley says he is confident his panel would approve the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

Sessions would still face a vote by the full Senate, but a committee endorsement would be a critical first step.

Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, says Sessions is a respected colleague who “has worked across the aisle on major legislation.”

Grassley added that as a former U.S. attorney, Sessions has the right background.

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