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Group protests nomination of Jeff Sessions as next U.S. Attorney General

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A local group is protesting the nomination of Jeff Sessions as our next U.S. Attorney General.

Sessions is a member of the U.S. Senate and a former Alabama Attorney General.

President-elect Donald Trump chose him for his cabinet just last week.

The Save OurSelves (S.O.S) Movement for Justice and Democracy says they have grave concerns about Sessions being the next U.S. Attorney General, saying it would be a setback for democracy.

About 20 people gathered at the Federal Courthouse Thursday to express their concerns and disappointment with Trump's decision.

They say comments by Sessions, including alleged statements regarding the Ku Klux Klan, shows he's unfit to serve in the position.

S.O.S says if he's the AG, it will reduce the justice department to its lowest point in more than 50 years.    

"During the confirmation hearings of Senator Sessions when he was being considered for a judgeship in 1986, there was testimony given that he called the NAACP and ACLU as un-American. Nothing that either one of these organizations have done since or before attributed to us that comment. So, we are very, very disheartened that the president-elect would select someone like that," said Benard Simelton with the Alabama NAACP.

Supporters of Sessions point to his history as well, noting his vote to extend the Voting Rights Act and to confirm Eric Holder.

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