Mobile’s Jeff Sessions is poised to become the top law enforcement official in the nation. President-Elect Donald trump made it official Friday offering the Alabama Senator the job of U.S. Attorney General.
In a statement Trump said, “he is a world-class legal mind and considered a truly great Attorney General and U.S. Attorney in the state of Alabama. Jeff is greatly admired by legal scholars and virtually everyone who knows him.”
Sessions remained outside the public eye Friday but released a statement saying that he embraces, “President-Elect Trump’s vision for ‘One America,’ and his commitment to equal justice under law. I look forward to fulfilling my duties with an unwavering dedication to fairness and impartiality.”
With Session’s senate seat likely to be vacated soon, it will be up to Governor Bentley to appoint his successor.
“My understanding is the governor is interviewing people who say that they’re interested and there are a lot of good people whose names have been thrown out there,” said Lower Alabama congressman Bradley Byrne. “He’ll pick a good person and we’ll work with that person and help them be successful.”
Byrne says he is not interested in the job. Bentley was in Washington today talking with others in Alabama’s congressional delegation who are including Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks and Mike Rodgers.
“The criteria will be, will that person support the agenda for President Trump,” Bentley said. “Will they support the agenda for our Republican majority in the House and Senate? And are they conservative?”
Three in the State Senate are said to be among those Bentley is considering: Dick Brewbaker, Trip Pittman from Baldwin County, and Cam Ward.
Another possibility is State Attorney General Luther Strange who is currently investigating Bentley for possible criminal activity involving payments to his former aide and alleged mistress Rebekah Mason. Cynics point out that Bentley could then appoint Strange’s replacement who might be far less inclined to continue the investigation into the Governor.
Bentley says he has no time table for making a decision and will set up a website through which Alabama citizens can offer their comments and opinions about Session’s successor.