Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for attorney general. The Left views him as the spawn of Satan over controversial racial remarks he made while serving as a U.S. Attorney for Alabama, which sunk his nomination to a federal judgeship in the 1980s. Yet, in the aftermath, Sessions became a U.S. Senator and his colleagues, who voted him down, namely the late Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), said they regretted their vote, noting that Sessions is an egalitarian. The Democratic Leader for the Alabama Senate also said that Sessions isn’t a racist. Even Salon, a left wing publication, defended his civil rights record; Sessions was known for taking on the Klan and fighting to integrate schools while serving as a U.S. Attorney. He’s certainty qualified to be our nation’s top legal enforcer. He also picked up another endorsement: Bill Clinton’s FBI Director Louis Freeh (via ABC News):
In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Freeh offered his “strong recommendation” that Senators confirm their colleague Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as the next attorney general, defending his record on civil rights, which has become a key concern for critics.
“I have known Jeff since 1989 when we worked together as prosecutors on one of the most important civil rights cases investigated and prosecuted by the United States Department of Justice,” Freeh wrote. “[I] have always been greatly impressed with his commitment to the rule of law, his fair and balanced prosecutorial judgment, and his personal dedication to protecting civil rights.”
Sessions’ attorney general hearings begin on January 10. Theoretically, there isn’t much the Democrats can do to block Sessions. The Senate Judiciary Committee will approve his nomination on a party line vote and a simple majority is needed to confirm him—all thanks to outgoing Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) nuking the filibuster rules on presidential appointments. The GOP just needs to hold the line.