Published: Fri, November 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Former AG Jeff Sessions announces bid for Alabama's Senate Seat in 2020

Former AG Jeff Sessions announces bid for Alabama's Senate Seat in 2020

As Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a run for his old USA senate seat, a new campaign ad accusing of being a "traitor" over his relationship with President Donald Trump had already appeared online. Both are already criticizing Sessions of insufficiently defending Trump. "I believe he will be a formidable candidate", Shelby said Thursday. "Not one time. The president is doing a great job for America and Alabama and he has my strong support", Sessions said in the video. Nope. Have I said a cross word about our president?

Sessions argued that it would have been "dishonorable" to do so, adding that he fully backs the president despite being ousted in the administration following escalating tensions between the two throughout Sessions' tenure leading the Justice Department.

Their relationship soured when Sessions as attorney general recused himself from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Trump blamed Sessions for what he frequently called a "witch hunt" by an independent prosecutor.

Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election paved the way for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Jones beat Roy Moore in a special election to complete Sessions' term and is now seeking a full term.

The seat is now held by Democrat Doug Jones, who defeated an unpopular Republican candidate in a special election in December 2017.

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.

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

South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsey Graham said Sessions was a "great senator" but was not getting into Alabama politics.

Jones has already run social media fundraising ads, with a photo of Sessions next to McConnell with the caption, "Too extreme". "I know Senator Sessions personally. We were able to serve, able to push the Trump agenda in an honorable way". And he saw this as a pivotal moment.

Sessions said he hoped he has Trump's support in his Senate run. I think he will respect my work.

Newsmax's Cathy Burke contributed Fox News interview details to this report.

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