AFRICANGLOBE - The US Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions as attorney general Wednesday, despite fierce debate about his civil rights record. On Tuesday night, it turned ugly. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sternly rebuked Democrat Elizabeth Warren for reading a letter written by the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. that criticized Sessions's civil rights record. In 1986, Coretta Scott King wrote a letter to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging senators to reject Sessions's nomination as a federal judge. "Mr Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by Black citizens," King wrote.