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Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) cheers on the crowd during a President-elect Donald Trump rally at the Ladd–Peebles Stadium on Dec. 17 in Mobile, Alabama. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, will be put to the test Tuesday morning during the first of many confirmation hearings for the new Trump administration.

Hearings for Sessions began Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill and will stretch into Wednesday, where he is expected to face tough questions from his opposition regarding his record on voting, civil rights, race relations, women's rights and immigration.

Democrats plan to contest many of Trump's cabinet nominees, but Sessions' hearing is expected to be the most contested and tense. In an unprecedented move, one of Sessions colleagues, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), plans to testify against him.

“I do not take lightly the decision to testify against a Senate colleague,” said Booker. “But the immense powers of the attorney general combined with the deeply troubling views of this nominee is a call to conscience.”

Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is also expected to testify against Sessions regarding what he says was a racist encounter with Sessions 30 years ago.

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