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Jeff Sessions is Attorney General Pick, Says Trump Camp

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) stands on stage before the start of the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 18 Nov 2016 10:40 AM

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions has been tapped by president-elect Donald Trump as attorney general during one of three cabinet announcements.

Sessions, from Alabama, currently sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, according to National Public Radio. Sessions also served as a U.S. attorney in Alabama.

"The president-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama's attorney general and U.S. attorney," the Trump transition team said in a statement Thursday, hinting at Session's nomination, The Washington Post reported. "It is no wonder the people of Alabama re-elected him without opposition."

Sessions, 69, was the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump's campaign and often guided the then Republican presidential nominee on policy, the Post reported.

The four-term senator, though, has also been accused of racism throughout his career. Sessions was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 after former colleagues testified before a Senate that he joked about the Ku Klux Klan, saying he thought they were "okay, until he learned that they smoked marijuana," the Post noted.

"Sessions is an unwavering social conservative and has been a staunch advocate for the death penalty, Second Amendment rights, the Defense of Marriage Act, and religious liberty," the Conservative Review noted.

"Taken as a whole, Sessions has become the leading statesman in the country against open borders and in defense of American sovereignty, the American worker and taxpayer. He has led every major immigration fight with a relentless supply of data and intellectual firepower, along with floor speeches and media appearances," the Conservative Review continued.

Sessions still has to be approved by Congress. NPR also reported that Trump plans to name Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor and U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director. Pompeo also has to face Congress.

Flynn is a retired Army major general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012, before being forced out by the Obama administration, according to NBC News.

Pompeo, a West Point graduate and three-term Congressman from Kansas, was a member of the Select Committee on Benghazi.

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