President-elect Donald Trump is in the process of deciding who he wants for this vital role. Jeff Sessions as his pick for attorney general, signaling a sharp break in philosophical direction from the Obama administration’s Justice Department. A Trump official did not say whether Sessions or Flynn had accepted the job, leaving open the possibility that those two arrangements were not finalized.
Flynn, a retired U.S. Army three-star general and one of Trump’s closest advisers, was sacked from the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, a move he has attributed to his telling hard truths about the war on Islamist extremism. Throughout the campaign season, Sessions often offered validation from within the Republican party and frequently called on fellow Republicans to unite in support of Trump.
Donald Trump has asked Rep. Mike Pompeo to be his Central Intelligence Agency director and the Kansas congressman has accepted the job, the President-elect’s transition team announced Friday.
Trump is reportedly set to meet over the weekend with Mitt Romney, the moderate, failed presidential candidate – and formerly vehement critic of Trump – who is thought to be in the running for secretary of state, alongside former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Politico reports Trump offered the national security position in his cabinet to a registered Democrat and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Trump is beginning to fill out his governing team, and the transition official says Trump will make the Pompeo announcement on Friday morning, along with his nomination of Alabama Sen.
He was also the ranking Republican on the judiciary committee when President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, were confirmed.
He’s broken ranks with Republicans, as well, voting against the bank bailout amid the 2008 economic collapse.
Sessions served as Alabama’s attorney general and as a US attorney.
Sen. Sessions, R-Ala., is one of the more conservative members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and has said the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division should not be used as a “sword” to promote political agendas.
It got worse. Another damaging witness-a black former assistant U.S. Attorney in Alabama named Thomas Figures-testified that, during a 1981 murder investigation involving the Ku Klux Klan, Sessions was heard by several colleagues commenting that he “used to think they [the Klan] were OK” until he found out some of them were “pot smokers”.
Aderholt is not the only member of Alabama’s House delegation interested in replacing Sessions. “Already, many are sensing it”.
“I can only speak from what I saw”, Kowalski said. In January, a top aide to Sessions, Stephen Miller, joined the Trump campaign as senior policy adviser, and Sessions’ chief of staff Rick Dearborn is the executive director of Trump’s transition team. As a college professor, he wrote SB1070, the infamous law passed by the Arizona Legislature that gives law enforcement the ability to demand to see proof of citizenship from any person who they suspect of being in the country illegally. “And we need to figure out a better way to identify that”. “Jeff Sessions is a man of high integrity and moral character”, Boyd said. “While we have had our share of strong differences – principally on the politicization of the tragedy in Benghazi – I know that he is someone who is willing to listen and engage, both key qualities in a Central Intelligence Agency director”. Just remarkable what’s happening.
Although Republicans control the Senate 52-48, Sessions may still face a hard confirmation hearing.
“The situation in Syria is a colossal disaster”. During the presidential campaign, Trump followed Obama’s lead in arguing that legalization should be left to the states. One issue that could dominate a confirmation hearing is Pompeo’s views on using harsh interrogation techniques on detainees. And he has said that Muslim leaders are “potentially complicit” in terrorist attacks if they do not denounce those made in the name of Islam.
Like Trump, Sessions has questioned whether European countries are contributing enough to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
“He would be great at a lot of different things”, the insider said.