Trump Chooses Sessions for Attorney General
Junior Alabama Senator, Jeff Sessions, is poised to return to the Justice Department (DOJ) as President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general.
If confirmed, the conservative senator will most likely push for wholesale changes and hard-line stances on immigration, terrorism, crime, drugs and guns. Democrats fear he could wipe away progress in civil rights, changes in sentencing and police accountability, reports The New York Times.
Almost 25 years ago, Sessions served as a prosecutor in the Justice Department for almost 15 years. In 1981, President Reagan nominated Sessions to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. The Senate confirmed him and he held that position for 12 years.
As he looks to return to DOJ in the top position, Mr. Sessions and the political appointees under him, would shape policies across the federal government and in oversee the enforcement of federal laws at the FBI and other agencies within the Justice Department.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) voiced their support for the anticipated nomination of Jeff Sessions.
“Senator Sessions has earned the respect and confidence of law enforcement nationwide, and he is the right leader to serve as our nation's top law enforcement officer,” Nate Catura, President of FLEOA, said in the letter.
Sessions had been in consideration for several Cabinet positions, and as one of Trump's earliest and most loyal supporters, but the Trump transition team announced Friday they plan to nominate Sessions for attorney general.
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