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Booker breaks Senate precedent, drawing fire on Sessions nomination

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) has cultivated an image as a voice for minorities and as a post-partisan lawmaker trying to bridge divides.

But those two aspirations came into conflict Tuesday, after Booker announced he would break long-standing tradition by testifying against Sen. Jeff Sessions as the Alabama Republican seeks confirmation as Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general.

“I’m disappointed,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), who has spent nearly 40 years in the chamber. “It’s a fellow senator – you don’t treat other senators that way.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.), called the move “a disgraceful breach of custom.”

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