Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions Offered Role of Trump’s Attorney General
It was reported early Friday morning that Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions has been offered the Attorney General post under President-elect Donald Trump‘s quickly transitioning administration.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 18, 2016
Sessions would be our nation’s 84th Attorney General.
The offer to Sessions marks the latest example of the oft-cited theme of Trump’s inner orbit that the President-elect rewards loyalty. Senator Sessions offered his enthusiastic endorsement of Trump way back in February, a move that was largely viewed at the time as a hit to Ted Cruz‘s candidacy. Trump frequently cited Sessions on the campaign trail as one of his advisors; on Thursday the transition team said, “While nothing has been finalized and he is still talking with others as he forms his cabinet, the President-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama’s Attorney General and U.S. Attorney. It is no wonder the people of Alabama re-elected him without opposition.”
The nomination of Senator Sessions will undoubtedly be a controversial decision given his history of head-scratching remarks; a former colleague from the prosecutor’s office in Mobile, Alabama recounted that Sessions called the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP “communist-inspired,” and “un-American.” The same former colleague — J. Gerald Hebert, told the Huffington Post, “[Sessions] demonstrated gross insensitivity to black people,” while another black colleague testified that Sessions had called him “boy.”
Sessions testified in response, “I have never used the word ‘boy’ to describe a black, nor would I tolerate it in my office.”
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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