Nov 17 2016
If Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is tapped by President-elect Donald Trump for a Cabinet position, it would be an "excellent choice," his Alabama counterpart in the Senate said Thursday.
Amid speculation that Sessions is being considered to head the Justice Department as Trump's attorney general, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., endorsed his colleague, citing Sessions' tenure as U.S. attorney and Alabama attorney general prior to his election to the Senate in 1996. Sessions has also vetted Supreme Court nominees as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"While there is no doubt that I would miss partnering with my dear friend Sen. Jeff Sessions in the Senate, he would be an excellent choice for any role in President-elect Trump's cabinet," Shelby said in a statement sent to AL.com. "Not only would Jeff bring integrity and immense expertise to the role of attorney general due to his decades of experience in the legal field and an impressive tenure on the Senate Judiciary Committee, but Jeff also has gained the deep respect of his Senate colleagues for his commitment to upholding the rule of law. My wife Annette and I are proud of Jeff's accomplishments and wish him and his wife Mary the very best during this exciting transition."
President-elect Donald Trump hasn't yet announced the members of his cabinet but a brief statement issued Thursday could be an indication Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is headed to the Justice Department.
Sessions was an early endorser of Trump and was the first sitting senator to back the eventual president-elect's candidacy during the Republican primary. Alabama's junior senator was a top adviser to Trump during the campaign, leading the real estate mogul's national security advisory committee. Sessions also went on the stump in support of Trump, including visits to swing states to close out the campaign.