GOP Senator With Racist Past Tapped As Trump Attorney General

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., asks a question of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's choice for defense secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., sits at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., asks a question of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s choice for defense secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., sits at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Donald Trump has tapped controversial Alabama GOP Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general.   Sessions is one of the Trump’s closest and most consistent allies. He was the first senator to endorse Trump and was a close adviser throughout the campaign.  The president-elect Trump had released a statement yesterday after a meeting with the senator saying he was “unbelievably impressed” with Sessions.

Sessions, known for his stance against gays, immigrants, the Voting Rights Act and civil rights organizations like the NAACP and ACLU–claiming the organizations “forced civil rights down the throats of people,” was denied confirmation for a federal judgeship in 1986 over his racist tendencies.  He faces what is expected to be a tough confirmation hearing, and must by confirmed by the full Senate.

Meantime, a Trump transition official says he’s picked Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh) to be CIA director. The conservative Republican is a fierce critic of the international nuclear deal with Iran.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was chosen  to be national security adviser.

 

Source: AURN