Donald Trump selects Jeff Sessions for Attorney General
The US president-elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected Senator Jeff Sessions, a conservative from Alabama, to be the attorney general of the United States.
According to foreign media reports, Trump has also tapped two more conservative loyalists to lead the country’s national security and law enforcement teams, including Mike Pompeo as CIA director and Mike Flynn as the national security adviser.
Mr. Sessions was also under consideration for secretary of defense, reports stated. The Alabama Republican is a former U.S. attorney and was one of Trump’s first supporters on Capitol Hill. Pompeo is a former Army officer as well as Harvard Law School graduate, and was first elected to Congress in 2010.
All three of them have reportedly accepted Trump’s offer and Trump’s transition team is expected to announce the appointments on Friday.
A spokesperson was quoted by The guardian as saying: “The president-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama’s attorney general and US attorney.”
“It is no wonder the people of Alabama re-elected him without opposition,” the official added.
The US intelligence Chief James Clapper recently resigned as Trump is set to sworn in as the country’s next President in January.
James Clapper submitted his resignation Wednesday evening and expected to stay until the end of the Obama administration, media reports said.
Clapper is the fourth director of national intelligence and was appointed by Barack Obama in 2010. In interviews with NBC News last year, Clapper said that he was counting down the days to stepping down at the end of Obama’s final term in Oval office.
Clapper, who earlier clashed with President-elect Donald Trump’s aide Michael Flynn, felt “pretty good” about the decision to resign, The Guardian revealed.