Kate McKinnon's Jeff Sessions gets a do-over on his Senate confirmation hearing.
Critics say the attorney general is ignoring empirical evidence on sentencing with instructions to U.S. prosecutors to federalize cases involving violent offenders.
The Obama appointee had served since 2009 as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Although U.S. attorneys are political appointees, and the request from Trump's Justice Department is part of a routine process, the move came as a surprise.
Vladimir Putin's spokesman called the U.S. "global player number one."
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley denies requests for a public hearing.
Trump's attorney general steps aside from potential probes following the news of his pre-election meetings with the Russian ambassador.
Trump said he had "total" confidence in Sessions. "I don't think so," he told reporters during a visit to Newport News, Virginia to tour an aircraft carrier, when asked whether Sessions should step aside from the investigations.
Several prominent Democrats are calling for the attorney general to step down, with Nancy Pelosi accusing him of lying under oath.
White House spokesperson doesn't rule out Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself, but other Republicans reject the suggestion.
More than two dozen U.S. states have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes.
"We don't have those votes," said Warren. "So what we have to do is count on people all around this country to make their voices heard."
Sessions was confirmed by a 52-47 vote.
Users are posting photos of Mother Teresa, Malala Yousafzai and other iconic women after Republicans silenced the Massachusetts senator.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee exploited Senate rules to delay until Wednesday a vote on Senator Jeff Sessions' nomination to be attorney general.
The letter also asked Sessions, who as attorney general would be the country's top law enforcement official and head of the Justice Department, to commit to not shutting down any investigation into Russia's activities.
With 10 days to go before Trump enters the White House, Sessions, 70, was the first of his Cabinet nominees to go before a Senate committee.
The attorney general nominee is rightly viewed as a hardliner, but it's not the whole story.
The president-elect is meeting with Mitt Romney, Michelle Rhee and others at his golf course in Bedminister, N.J.