Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as the Attorney General for President Donald Trump's administration by Congress Wednesday evening.
Democrats changed the rules in 2013 so that only a simple majority is needed to approve a president's Cabinet nominees. Under those rules, the Senate easily confirmed Sessions in a party-line vote, and was helped by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who had said he would support Sessions' nomination.
Sessions was an early supporter of Trump and helped craft many of the policies that helped him win the nomination and the presidency. He has been a U.S. Senator for Alabama since 1997.
The nomination was at the center of a firestorm of controversy as Democrats vowed to defeat the Republican for what they said was a history of bigotry and racism, something he and his supporters, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), vehemently denied.
Sessions nomination was at the center of the controversy where Senator Liz Warren was told Tuesday she was in violation of rule 19 of the Senate for impugning his character, and voted down by Senate Republicans. In response, Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) read bigoted tweets on the Senate floor that were sent to him over his support of Sessions to show how intolerant some on the left were against their political opponents.