Jeff Sessions Wants Back in the US Senate

Jeff Sessions resigns as Attorney General

The Story:

A seat in the US Senate, representing Alabama, will be up for grabs in 2020. The Democratic candidate will almost certainly be the incumbent, Sen. Doug Jones. Who will be his Republican opponent? That is as yet unknown, and a former Senator (also a former Attorney General) Jeff Sessions, has just announced that he will pursue that nomination.

Background:

Sessions was one of the earliest important figures in the national Republican Party to support Trump’s campaign for President, a support he announced in February 2016, when that campaign still seemed quixotic. Sessions had always been a hard-liner on immigration issues, and he may have influenced the Trump campaign’s fateful move in that direction.  Once in office, President Trump made Sessions the Attorney General.

But the relationship between the two men soured while Sessions was serving in that capacity, and Trump effectively fired Sessions in November 2018.

The Thing to Know:

Sessions had a conservative voting record during his time in the Senate (1997 – 2017) by almost anyone’s definition of conservative. But at this historic moment, in some contexts, ‘conservatism’ gets equated with the support for, or the receipt of support from, President Donald Trump. And it is not at all clear where the President will come down, if he takes a position on the nomination fight in Alabama at all.

Media slam Barr’s probe of FBI as partisan move

Media slam Barr's probe of FBI as partisan move

Attorney general asks prosecutor to examine 2016 surveillance.

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Exclusive: Barr talks to Fox News in first on-air interview as Trump’s AG

Exclusive: Barr talks to Fox News in first on-air interview as Trump's AG

In a Fox News YouTube exclusive cut, Attorney General William Barr sits down with Bill Hemmer for a wide-ranging interview covering everything from investigating the Russia probe to combatting gang violence, including a special message for his critics. #AmericasNewsroom #FoxNews

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Barr assigns US prosecutor to examine Russia probe

Barr assigns US prosecutor to examine Russia probe

Attorney General Bill Barr assigns Trump-appointed Connecticut attorney John Durham to review the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe. Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano reacts. #FoxandFriends #FoxNews

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Nadler says Mueller won’t appear before Congress next week

Nadler says Mueller won't appear before Congress next week

Attorney General William Barr is on the right track to investigate the origins on the Mueller probe, says Virginia Congressman Ben Cline, Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee. #OutnumberedOvertime #FoxNews

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Jordan on Comey defending Obama’s handling of Russian meddling

Jordan on Comey defending Obama's handling of Russian meddling

Will Democrats bring James Comey back to Capitol Hill to testify? Republican Rep. Jim Jordan says Democrats are more focused on going after Attorney General Bill Barr. #AmericasNewsroom #FoxNews

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‘The Five’ reacts to the media’s meltdown over Barr contempt vote

'The Five' reacts to the media's meltdown over Barr contempt vote

President Trump’s critics are in meltdown mode after the House Judiciary Committee vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt; reaction and analysis on ‘The Five.’

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Kurtz on Trump asserting executive privilege, media’s Mueller obsession

Kurtz on Trump asserting executive privilege, media's Mueller obsession

Audience appetite and President Trump are fueling saturation coverage, says Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz.

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Representative Mikie Sherill On Attorney General William Barr | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Representative Mikie Sherill On Attorney General William Barr | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Congress and the White House are locked in a battle of separation of powers that’s overshadowing almost everything else. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill joins Chris Jansing to discuss why the impasse could have lasting effects beyond the president’s term.
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AG William Barr Will Not Recuse Himself From Investigations Stemming From Mueller Report | MSNBC

AG William Barr Will Not Recuse Himself From Investigations Stemming From Mueller Report | MSNBC

Under questioning from Sen. Blumenthal, AG Barr says he will not recuse himself from ongoing probes that have stemmed from the Mueller investigation, despite calls from several prominent Senate Democrats.
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