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Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his confirmation before before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Alex Brandon/AP)closemore
Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his confirmation before before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is the first of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks to testify in front of Congress.

It isn't the attorney general nominee's first time in this position either — he testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986, as a nominee for a federal judge post.

NPR Congressional correspondent Ailsa Chang (@ailsachang) talks with Here & Now's Robin Young about Tuesday's hearing, and about that hearing 30 years ago that ended in Sessions having his nomination rejected.

This story aired on January 10, 2017.

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