Friday, 18 November 2016

REPORT: Trump picks Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general

Jeff Sessions

President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked Senator Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, according to Bloomberg and CBS News.

Sessions, the junior senator from Alabama and a staunch anti-immigration advocate, was one of Trump's earliest supporters. He was also thought to be under consideration for Secretary of Defense.

Before joining the Senate, Sessions was a US attorney and the attorney general of Alabama.

"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," Trump's team said in a statement Thursday night.

Sessions' career has been plagued by accusations of racism. President Ronald Reagan nominated the then-US attorney be a federal district court judge in 1986, but his nomination was withdrawn after testimony that Sessions made disparaging remarks about the NAACP and the ACLU.

Additionally, Sessions reportedly told an African-American prosecutor that he thought the Ku Klux Klan "was OK until I found out they smoked pot," according to testimony. The prosecutor also said Sessions referred to him as "boy," a charge Sessions denied.

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