President-Elect Donald Trump Taps Senator Jeff Sessions For Attorney General

Because his position does not require a confirmation hearing, senators will not immediately have the opportunity to question him about reported recent payments from the governments of Turkey and Russian Federation.

After the news broke, Cruz gave an address at the Federalist Society's annual National Lawyer's Convention at the Mayflower Hotel and told the gathering of conservative lawyers that his Senate Judiciary Committee colleague will make an "extraordinary" attorney general.

An Army intelligence veteran of three decades, Flynn was assistant director of national intelligence under Obama. Sessions helped get money for a library in honour of the civil-rights hero from his state, as well as a congressional gold medal.

Sessions withdrew from consideration for a federal judgeship in 1986 after being accused of making racist comments while serving as a USA attorney in Alabama, including calling a black assistant US attorney "boy" in conversation.

Trump has repeatedly promised to deport millions of undocumented residents, a position that dovetails with Sessions' fervent opposition to any immigration reform.

The pot industry is braced for a battle if the next attorney general wants one, Mr. Zucker added.

In October, when Trump was under fire for bragging about groping women in a leaked video, dozens of Republican officials dropped their support of the candidate, and many urged him to drop out of the race.

"Sessions has also supported discriminatory voter ID laws based on the myth of widespread voter fraud, denied a continuing history of discrimination against minority voters in the South and celebrated the Supreme Court's decision -that gutted the landmark Voting Rights Act, a law he will now be sworn to protect and enforce", he said.

This is hardly the first time GutiƩrrez has torched Sessions for his ultra-conservative views.

Pompeo has echoed Trump's criticism of the Iran nuclear deal.

Pompeo has said that Muslim leaders are "potentially complicit" in terrorist attacks if they do not denounce violence conducted in the name of Islam.

Trump has also consulted with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and sat down with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a potential contender to lead the State Department. "They must cite the Quran as evidence that the murder of innocents is not permitted", he said in a 2013 House floor speech.

Flynn, who turns 58 next month, had built a reputation as an astute intelligence professional and straight talker when he became the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012. Further, Sessions once called the NAACP and the ACLU "un-American" and "Communist-inspired" organizations that "forced civil rights down the throats of people". Jeff Sessions as the U.S. Attorney General, according to several news reports, including the New York Times. Bob Corker and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who met with Trump Thursday.

Trump was headed Friday to his exclusive golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he was to meet Saturday with Mitt Romney. "He cares deeply about his country and the department he will be nominated to lead", McConnell said in a statement.

The two began mending fences after Trump's victory when Romney called with congratulations. His Justice Department opened investigations of 23 police departments around the country for patterns of civil rights violations and Sessions, as attorney general, would have the discretion to drop investigations that are still open.

Within the scope of the law, concerns are mounting over the legality of the participation of Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose status both personally and financially raises questions about his involvement in the upcoming Trump administration, even as a non-paid volunteer.