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.
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.
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.
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