News is leaking this morning that Donald Trump has selected Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as his choice for Attorney General. Sessions’ name had been floated among several other possibilities, but it looks like this news is being confirmed by senior officials within the Trump ranks. I’ve held off for days on posting about cabinet selections since the proces was still up in the air and information changed by the minute. Now it looks like we’re getting some concrete names.

Report from CBS News:

President-elect Trump has offered Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions the post of attorney general, sources directly involved in the selection process tell CBS News.

The choice of Sessions to be the nation’s top prosecutor is sure to be controversial.

Sessions has been one of Mr. Trump’s closest and most consistent allies.

But when Sessions faced Senate confirmation for a job 30 years ago, it didn’t go well.

Nominated for a federal judgeship in 1986, Sessions, R-Ala., was dogged by racist comments he was accused of making while serving as U.S. attorney in Alabama. He was said to have called a black assistant U.S. attorney “boy” and the NAACP “un-American” and “communist-inspired.”

Sessions was the first senator to back Mr. Trump during the campaign and is an architect of Mr. Trump’s immigration, counterterrorism and trade policies.

His name has been floated for attorney general and secretary of defense. The Trump transition team released a statement Thursday saying the president-elect is “unbelievably impressed” with Sessions, citing his work as a U.S. attorney and state attorney general in Alabama.

Sessions is known as an immigration hawk, and has been advising Trump throughout the campaign on such matters. With Sessions at Attorney General, it’s clear that the forthcoming Trump administration will likely be pushing immigration reform and border security as a top priority.

However, the Associated Press reports that even with a GOP-controlled Senate, Sessions may not sail through his confirmation:

Sessions had been confirmed by a Republican-controlled Senate in 1981 to be the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.

In 1986, however, his racially-charged comments and record on civil rights as a U.S. attorney, which Sessions denied and defended, prevented his nomination as judge from going forward, even in a GOP-majority Senate. Sessions later withdrew from consideration, though he went on to become state attorney general and won election to the U.S. Senate in 1996.

“Mr. Sessions is a throwback to a shameful era, which I know both black and white Americans thought was in our past,” the late Massachusetts Democrat, Sen. Edward Kennedy, said during the 1986 confirmation hearing. “It is inconceivable to me that a person of this attitude is qualified to be a U.S. attorney, let alone a U.S. federal judge.”

Inevitably this will come up during his confirmation, though I doubt he will be held up by it as Presidents usually get confirmation for the people they appoint.

Just yesterday, it was announced the Retired General Michael Flynn would serve as Trump’s National Security Adviser. Report from ABC News:

President-elect Donald Trump has named retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser, according to senior Trump transition officials, rewarding one of his campaign’s most prominent allies with a major role as he seeks to fulfill his promise to better protect the country.

In the role, Flynn will consult with Trump on protecting the country’s citizens, key infrastructure and resources and sit on the National Security Council with Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the incoming secretaries of state, defense and energy, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and other key officials.

Responsible for the country’s military and foreign policy efforts, Flynn will play a sizable role in shaping the Trump administration’s policies, including how to deliver on the campaign promise to “defeat ISIS and radical Islam.”

The role of National Security Adviser is not a cabinet-level position, and does not require Senate approval. However, the role basically gives Flynn the same standing within the administration as cabinet member.

With the Attorney General spot reportedly filled, the next big posts include Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Treasury, among others.

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  1. Sessions may have said things in his past, but haven’t we all. To be reporting on his not being approved by the Senate in 1986 is a little much. I am certain that the talking heads will keep on dredging up the same muck should he accept.

    All I can say is that he doesn’t have big shoes to fill. I can’t remember a positive thing that Eric Holder did, plenty of negatives though. As far as Loretta Lynch goes, she is a laughingstock. She just happens to meet with Bubba last July, just days before James Comey decides not to indict the Wicked Witch. Then when Comey reopening the investigation last month, the supposed non partisan AG wanted to stop him.

  2. Hmmm…

    I thought der Trumenfuhrer said he would be everyone’s President.
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    Does this mean that if you aren’t on board with his b.s. that you’re not anyone?

    So far as Sessions goes, he’ll fit right in with the ever-increasing number of incompetents that seem to be anything associated with the GOP.

    Civil rights?

    He called the 1965 Voting Rights Act a “piece of intrusive legislation.” He’s more likely to focus less on prosecutions of minority voter suppression than pursue that hallowed conservative myth of rooting out non-existent voter fraud.

    Probably goes unicorn hunting in his spare time.

    Criminal-justice reform?

    Never mind. This clown wants more mandatory-minimum sentences and harsher punishments for drug crimes, despite the fact that the ‘war on drugs’ results lie somewhere between abject failure and counter-productivity. At a Senate hearing in April he said, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

    Shows what he knows.

    He has no interest in fixing the immigration system. Last year he proposed a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for anyone illegally re-entering the country after being deported. This could increase the federal prison population by as much as 30 percent.

    I wonder what his cut from the for-profit prison system would be.

    As the GOP’s top brass pushed for immigration reforms that were designed to make their party more appealing to Hispanics, Sessions championed the opposition. He’s also supported der Trumenfuhrer‘s proposed ban on all Muslim Immigrants.

    He’s also fought legal immigration including guest worker programs for illegal immigrants, and visa programs for foreign workers in science, math, and high-tech.

    But then this is a guy who thought the KKK was okay until he learned its members smoked marijuana.

    Oh yeah. And the thirty years or so and half a billion taxpayer dollars squandered by the GOP trying to find/invent something to pin on Hillary?

    Peanuts. He wants to keep going.

    Sessions? Shouldn’t even be a dog catcher. Who could well be better suited for the job.

    • We will have to wait and see on how Sessions acts as AG. Lord knows he can’t be any worse than his two disgraceful predecessors.

      Except for causing RACIAL DIVISIVENESS like his boss, I can’t think anything positive that Holder did.

      As far as Lynch, the Queen of obstruction of justice goes, what positives has she done? Depending on your point of view, she conveniently met Bubba, albeit accidentally in Phoenix, two days before Comey didn’t indict the Wicked Witch last July.

      Let’s not forget that she also tried to keep Comey from reopening the case against Billary in October. Can anyone say OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE?

      As far as Sessions being dog catcher, you are right he doesn’t stand a chance. Once the CLINTON CRIME FAMILY is where they belong, in jail, Billary will be president. President of the LEAVENWORTH GLEE CLUB. Bubba will have fun with the other inmates. Finally their butt ugly daughter will assume the post of DOG CATCHER for feral dogs around Leavenworth.?

      • It wasn’t Obama causing racial divisiveness, nor any of his subordinates. That is the sole purview of the GOP.

        After that, ya just went downhill.

        Btw, speaking of crime families, what would you do with the Bushes?

        • Obama not racially divisive? Have you just woken up from an eight year hibernation? He has said so many racially divisive things. For example when Trayvon Martin was shot, Obama said ‘THAT COULD HAVE BEEN MY SON’. If you or I said that, big deal. When the president says something like that, his words carry a lot of weight.

          The Bush family earned their money the old fashioned way, THEY EARNED IT! Now we get to the Clintons. They were broke when Bubba left the White House. Now they are worth well over $100 million. How did that happen, was it their private slush fund called the CLINTON FOUNDATION??

          What about Chelsea Clinton. She was a reporter for a short period of time. Now she is worth somewhere over $30 million. Man that job must have paid well!!!?

          • Your example of Obama’s alleged ‘racial divisiveness’ in a complete and utter ‘fail. It has no merit whatsoever.

            So far as the Bush crime family? Three consecutive generations of treason.

            Your hackneyed Clinton Foundation allegations have been disproven so often only an idiot or a liar would even bother to mention it.

            Which are you?

            What about Chelsea?

            • Obama’s divisiveness has no merit? No merit to whom, if you say yourself it doesn’t count.?

              It seems that whatever I say you will say that it is false. You are either demented or disillusioned, which one are you? ?

              Also you should change your handle from PROGRESSIVE REPUBLICAN to DEMOCRATIC LACKEY!!!?

            • Reading comprehension isn’t exactly a strong suit of yours is it?

              I said nothing about Obama’s non-existent divisiveness. I said that the example you proffered failed as an example of your false claim.

              I will only say that what you say it false if what you say is false.

              I’ll consider following your suggestion when it becomes accurate.

              Hold your breath.

            • You have made up your mind already so I won’t waste any more time on you.

              But have you considered changing your name??

            • You’ve naught but lied and hurled ad hominems; much like many similar FRWNJs.

              If you’re genuinely trying to change my mind, use facts.

              If you can see your way clear to doing that without the abuse, insults, and assorted slander, so much the better.

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