On Friday, the celebrity businessman turned president elect announced that he would offer the attorney general’s role to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., a key campaign ally and immigration hardliner.
He further announced that he offered the CIA director job to Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kans., who grilled Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearing last year. He also picked retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to be his national security adviser.
It’s now being widely reported that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions will be Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General.
REJECTED FOR FEDERAL JUDGE
The last time Senator Sessions sought Senate confirmation was 1986 when he was nominated to be a federal judge. Despite the fact that Republicans controlled the chamber at the time, he was rejected because of a long history of racially inflammatory remarks and a disastrous record on civil rights.
In the last 30 years, Sessions has done nothing that demonstrates that the Senate’s judgement was incorrect or that he’s learned from his mistakes. Instead, he’s spent years making a name for himself as one of the Senate’s most extreme anti-immigrant voices, even attacking the Constitution’s guarantee of birthright citizenship. As a senator he’s voted in favor of torture programs under the Bush administration and opposed hate crime protections for LGBT people.
REWARDED FOR LOYALTY
Sessions is being rewarded for his early and loyal support of Donald Trump with a nomination to be the United States’ top law enforcement official, in charge of setting legal policy for the federal government.