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Sessions offered nomination for Attorney General

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friiday, November 18, 2016, CBS News is reporting that US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) has been offered the role of Attorney General of the United States by President-Elect Donald J. Trump (R).

Thursday, November 17, 2016, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said that Sen. Jeff Sessions is immensely experienced and has a deep commitment to upholding the rule of law. It now appears that Sen. Sessions will be nominated by President-Elect Donald J. Trump (R) to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

Sen. Shelby said in a statement, “While there is no doubt that I would miss partnering with my dear friend Senator Jeff Sessions in the Senate, he would be an excellent choice for any role in President-Elect Trump’s cabinet. Not only would Jeff bring integrity and immense expertise to the role of Attorney General due to his decades of experience in the legal field and an impressive tenure on the Senate Judiciary Committee, but Jeff has also gained the deep respect of his Senate colleagues for his commitment to upholding the rule of law. My wife Annette and I are proud of Jeff’s accomplishments and wish him and his wife Mary the very best during this exciting transition.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 ‘The Hill’s Jonathan Swan and Peter Schroeder reported that a source claims that Sessions US Senator will get whatever post he wants inside the new administration. They reported that Sen. Sessions has expressed interest in the work of three agencies: Defense, Justice and Homeland Security. It now appears that he has chosen to head the Justice Department.

Sessions was the first Senator to endorse the New York City billionaire and reality TV star to be the next President of the United States. Sen. Sessions transitioned two of his senior staffers, Stephen Miller and Rick Dearborn, into positions inside Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

According to Swan and Schroeder, months before endorsing Trump Sessions and his team wrote Trump’s immigration plan. Miller has been writing speeches for Trump and directing his policy team. Sessions and Miller also had a close relationship with former Breitbart News head Stephen K. Bannon. Bannon later joined the Trump campaign and has now been appointed Trump’s Senior Counselor and Chief West Wing Strategist.

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Sen. Jeff Sessions was US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama for twelve year during the Reagan and Bush Administrations. Sessions was nominated for a federal judgeship by Pres. Ronald W. Reagan (R); but he was not confirmed by the US Senate. Sessions later became Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. He ran successfully for Alabama Attorney General and was elected to the Senate in 1996 to replace the retiring Sen. Howell Heflin (D).

Sen. Sessions, age 69, was born in Selma and grew up in Wilcox County. He attended Huntingdon College and served in the US Army Reserve. He served as assistant US Attorney for two years during the Ford Administration. He worked in private practice in Russellville and Mobile. He resides in Mobile with his wife, Mary Blackshears from Jasper. They have three children, seven granddaughters, and three grandsons.

 

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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