Bentley preparing to interview Senate candidates

Gov. Robert Bentley

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is preparing to interview potential replacements for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions.

The governor said Tuesday that those interviews could begin as soon as this week. He said he has not decided how many candidates he will interview.

President-elect Donald Trump named Sessions as his attorney general. Sessions is expected to step down once he is confirmed.

Bentley will name an interim replacement to the U.S. Senate seat until an election is held to fill it for the remainder of Sessions’ term, which ends in 2020.

Several high-profile Republicans have expressed interest in the appointment, including Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

Bentley has said he is looking for a conservative who will fit with Trump’s agenda.

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