From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
WASHINGTON D.C. –Multiple media sources on Friday have reported that Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions had been offered the post of United States Attorney General by president-elect Donald Trump. Sessions is expected to accept the post currently held by Loretta Lynch.
Sessions was first elected in 1996. He would be the first United States Attorney General from Alabama.
He was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from 1981 to 1993. Sessions was elected Attorney General of Alabama in 1994, and to the U.S. Senate in 1996, being re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014.
Considered to be a conservative’s conservative, National Journal in 2007 ranked Sessions as the fifth-most conservative U.S. Senator. At one point in the presidential campaign, there was strong speculation that Trump may name him as his vice-presidential running mate.
Sessions staunchly opposes illegal immigration and has been an outspoken critic of sanctuary cities where immigration laws are routinely ignored by local police and city leaders.
“It is a simple fact that aliens lawfully here, and of course those unlawfully here, must be deported promptly upon their conviction for criminal offenses,” Sessions said. “Failure to do so places whole communities at risk, especially immigrant communities in those sanctuary jurisdictions. Yet the Obama Administration has been totally ineffective in confronting these policies that dramatically undermine the enforcement of our immigration laws. Too often, we have heard comments such as ‘sanctuary cities have a place in America’ to justify this unjustifiable practice. The Obama Administration has a plain duty to cut off law enforcement funds to any jurisdiction that violates this responsibility to ensure the deportation of criminal aliens.”
Earlier this month, Sessions urged Lynch to appoint special counsel to investigate the Clinton Foundation, citing Lynch’s private meeting with Bill Clinton during an investigation into Hillary Clinton email server. Lynch has not appointed special counsel to look into either matter.
If Sessions accepts the post, embattled Alabama governor Robert Bentley will select his replacement in the U.S. Senate. Congressman Mo Brooks is thought by many to be the front runner in a crowded field of hopefuls. Bentley is currently the subject of an investigation by state attorney general Luther Strange.