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Updated: Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:41 AM
President-elect Donald Trump has offered up the position of U.S. Attorney General to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, according to a report.
It’s unclear if the Republican lawmaker has accepted the job, CBS News reported.
Sessions — a fierce Trump ally who is serving on his transition team — must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before he official can take over from current Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
This is the second time the 69-year-old will face Senate confirmation. His first round, for a federal judgeship in 1986, came to a halt when his alleged history of racist comments came to light,
While serving as U.S. attorney in Alabama, Sessions allegedly called a black assistant U.S. attorney “boy,” insisted that the NAACP was “un-American” and said that he was “OK” with the Ku Klux Klan until he learned they smoked pot.
“Mr. Sessions is a throwback to a shameful era, which I know both black and white Americans thought was in our past,” the late Massachusetts Democrat, Sen. Edward Kennedy, said during the 1986 confirmation hearing. “It is inconceivable to me that a person of this attitude is qualified to be a U.S. attorney, let alone a U.S. federal judge.”
Sessions denied some of the allegations and claimed that the line about the white supremacist organization was a “silly” joke.
The comments prevented his nomination as judge from going forward, even in a GOP-majority Senate. Sessions later withdrew from consideration, though he went on to become state attorney general and won election to the U.S. Senate in 1996.
If Sessions accepts the nomination for Attorney General, his new Senate confirmation hearing could come as early as January.
The Republicans will have only a 52-48 advantage, assuming Republicans win an upcoming Senate election in Louisiana. With such a tight split, Sessions cannot afford to lose any votes from members of his own party. If there are Republicans upset by his comments — not just years ago about race but also what he has said in recent years about immigration — his confirmation could be a challenge.
With News Wire Services