Now that Jeff Sessions is out as Attorney General, many have been wondering what’s next for the Republican. A GOP insider offered his opinion on the matter, proposing some unexpected plans may be in his colleague’s near future.
At the request of President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Thursday. “Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as Attorney General of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country. I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice,” Sessions wrote in his resignation letter.
“The team we assembled embraced your directive to be a law and order Department of Justice,” Sessions added in his letter to Trump. “We prosecuted the largest number of violent offenders and firearm defendants in our country’s history. We took on transnational gangs that are bringing violence and death across our borders and protected national security. We did our part to restore immigration enforcement,” he added.
“We targeted the opioid epidemic by prosecuting doctors, pharmacists, and anyone else who contributes to this crisis with new law enforcement tools and determination,” continued Sessions. “And we have seen results. After two years of rising violent crime and homicides prior to this administration, those trends have reversed—thanks to the hard work of our prosecutors and law enforcement around the country,” the letter furthered.
“I am particularly grateful to the fabulous men and women in law enforcement all over this country with whom I have served. I have had no greater honor than to serve alongside them. As I have said many times, they have my thanks and I will always have their backs,” he wrote.
“Most importantly, in my time as Attorney General we have restored and upheld the rule of law — a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard. We have operated with integrity and have lawfully and aggressively advanced the policy agenda of this administration,” Sessions concluded. “I have been honored to serve as Attorney General and have worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the Presidency.”
So, what’s next for Sessions? He might be returning to the Senate:
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be gunning to return to the U.S. Senate seat he previously occupied following his resignation from the Department of Justice on Thursday.
After Sessions was ousted from his role at the White House, rumors began to percolate that his future aspirations may involve re-taking the Alabama seat he gave up when elevated to the attorney general position. According to sources close to Sessions, he is “taking a serious look” at returning.
Former Republican Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the vacant seat after Sessions’ attorney general appointment, expressed his excitement via Twitter over the Senate prospect. [Source: The Daily Caller]
“Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020!” Strange tweeted.
Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020! #alpolitics
— Luther Strange (@lutherstrange) November 7, 2018
Republicans ultimately lost the seat after Strange was defeated in the primary by Roy Moore, who faced massive backlash after allegations arose that he had molested a teenager in the 1970s.
Democratic Sen. Doug Jones won the subsequent special election and is now seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbent senators in 2020 due to how conservative Alabama typically votes.