Ryan J. Reilly at the Huffington Post writes the following about President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.
From The Huffington Post:
President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly offered Republican Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions ― who was rejected as a federal judge in 1986 due to allegations of racist comments ― the position of attorney general.
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, 69, would serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official if nominated by Trump and confirmed by his fellow members of the Senate. Sessions, an early Trump backer, is an immigration hard-liner who has been in the Senate since 1997 and previously served as attorney general for the state of Alabama.
Back in the mid-1980s, when Sessions was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to become a federal judge. But during the nomination process, allegations emerged that Sessions had called a black attorney “boy,” that he suggested a white civil rights lawyer was a race traitor, that he joked he liked the Ku Klux Klan until he found out they smoked marijuana and that he referred to civil rights groups as “un-American” organizations trying to “force civil rights down the throats of people who were trying to put problems behind them.”
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