Jeff Sessions kisses up to Trump while announcing Senate bid

Jeff Sessions kisses up to Trump while announcing Senate bid

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will attempt to win back his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama after a tumultuous time in President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

In the 30-second ad, Sessions noted the fact that he has refrained from criticizing the president as others have after leaving the administration.

"I was the first to support President Trump". Oh, did I go on CNN and attack the president? No. Nope. Have I said a cross word about President Trump?

About a year ago, Jeff Sessions was forced out of his role as attorney general by President Donald Trump. Sen.

Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election paved the way for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Democrat Doug Jones won the seat from the deep-red state in a special election later that year, defeating Republican Roy Moore, the right-wing lightning rod who faced allegations of sexual misconduct. In 2017, Trump rewarded Sessions, who served as a former U.S. attorney and state attorney general before being elected to the Senate in 1996, to lead the Justice Department.

One major question hanging over Sessions' entrance into the race would be whether Trump - who has remained popular in Alabama - would take steps to thwart his bid.

Sessions, a conservative budget hawk and immigration hardliner, was the first senator to endorse Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Sessions referenced his endorsement of Trump in his Thursday night video.

And while politicians, operatives and analysts expect Sessions to become an immediate frontrunner for the GOP nomination, the big unknown is how Trump and his Alabama supporters will react. "No", Sessions said in his announcement statement.

Sessions said he had not yet had a chance to discuss his candidacy with the president.

"He is a man of great integrity and that is something we are lacking in government", Horn said.

"I had a great tenure at the Department of Justice in so many different ways and I don't ever worry about regretting things like that. But painful and prolonged as it was, it did clear him of Russian collusion, and I'm certainly glad that that finally happened".

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