Trump Has Reportedly Tapped Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

The decision has not been officially announced, but sources involved in Trump's transition reportedly said the hyper-conservative senator has been offered the position.

Nov 18 2016, 2:38pm

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Donald Trump is expected to select hyper-conservative senator Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, according to Bloomberg.

Bloomberg reports that Ted Cruz, former Trump rival and innovative bacon chef, was also on the short list for the AG appointment, but Cruz received a call Thursday night letting him know that Sessions was making the final cut.

The decision has not been officially announced publicly, but sources involved in Trump's transition say that Sessions has been offered the position and has accepted. Trump also released a statement Thursday praising the Alabama senator's "phenomenal record."

Sessions has been repeatedly accused of racism throughout his political career for his hard-line immigration stance and statements like joking that he thought the KKK was "OK until he learned they smoked marijuana." He's also firmly anti-gay marriage, and has opposed cannabis legalization and rolling back on the war on drugs.

As attorney general, Sessions would be in charge of all the US attorney's offices and represent the US in all legal matters. He would also offer his advice to the president on criminal prosecution and civil rights matters.

Heidi Beirich of Southern Poverty Law Center called Sessions's involvement in the Trump White House "a tragedy for American politics," and Human Rights Campaign told Metro Weekly the pick was "absolutely terrifying."