Ohio senator plans to oppose Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown [D] (CBS Cleveland)

CLEVELAND, Oh (AP) — Ohio’s Democratic senator says he will oppose Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general.

Sherrod Brown of Cleveland says in a statement Friday he met with Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, on Wednesday. He says they discussed Sessions’ positions on civil rights issues and his plans for the Justice Department.

The second-term senator says he has “serious concerns” about Sessions’ civil rights record. He says he also pressed Sessions about the need to improve police-community relations and the need for the Justice Department to fully support the consent decree for Cleveland police reforms.

Sessions was denied a federal judgeship in 1986. But the early Trump presidential campaign backer is expected to have support from Republicans controlling the Senate and its Judiciary Committee.

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