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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