JUST IN: Senate blocks Trump from making appointments during August break

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The GOP majority-held Senate blocked President Donald J. Trump’s ability to make recess appointments on Thursday evening as Congress leaves for the August vacation.

According to reports, Senator Murkowski (R-AK), doing wrap up for the entire Senate, locked in nine “pro-forma” sessions — brief meetings that normally last roughly a minute.

This means the Senate will be in session every three business days throughout the August break.

The move was unanimous — meaning, every senator agreed. The significance of this move connects back to the president’s continued attacks against Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

Lawmakers were concerned he would fire Sessions and try to name his successor while Congress was out of town.

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