JANUARY 31, 2017
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) drew the same parallel in announcing Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she would vote against the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be the next attorney general. She praised Yates, arguing that it took guts.
“That statement took a steel spine to stand up and say, ‘no,’” she said. “It took the courage of [Nixon Attorney General] Elliot Richardson and [Nixon Deputy Attorney General] William Ruckelshaus to stand up to President Nixon. That is what an attorney general must be willing and able to do.”