Posted: 8:19 am Friday, November 18th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
President-Elect Donald Trump is ready to choose Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as his Attorney General, selecting a campaign ally who was the first sitting Senator to get on board with Trump’s campaign for President.
“Jeff Sessions would be an excellent choice for such an important role,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne, a Republican member of Congress from Session’s home state of Alabama.
BREAKING: Senior Trump official says Trump has offered Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions the job of attorney general.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 18, 2016
Sessions was first elected to the Senate from the Yellowhammer State in 1996, but he was in the spotlight in the Senate long before that.
Back in 1986, Sessions was chosen by President Reagan to be a federal judge; but amid charges of racism, the nomination was stopped in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ten years later, Sessions won a seat in the Senate, and has been a reliably conservative voice. He joined with Trump at a massive rally near Huntsville, Alabama in late February, and became a trusted advisor to Trump during the campaign.
Don’t be surprised to see liberal groups go after Sessions and try to breathe new life into his controversial confirmation hearings of 30 years ago.
But it would seem to be a long shot for that to return in 2016, and stop his nomination.
The way to have stopped Sessions from being AG was, primarily, to have beat Trump in the election.
Victors and spoils and all those things
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) November 18, 2016
Usually, the rule of thumb in the Senate is that it is difficult to stop any nomination of a sitting Senator; it has happened, but rarely.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.