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Politics Jeff Sessions announces Senate run

03:25  08 november  2019
03:25  08 november  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday that he is jumping into the race for his old Senate seat in Alabama — despite Sessions , who was the first senator to endorse Trump's campaign, suffered a huge falling out with the president over his decision to recuse himself from the

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce Thursday a campaign for his old US Senate seat, according to a GOP official familiar with the plan, a decision that could roil the Republican primary.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday that he is jumping into the race for his old Senate seat in Alabama — despite warnings from allies of President Donald Trump that he should sit out the election.

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Sessions, who was the first senator to endorse Trump's campaign, suffered a huge falling out with the president over his decision to recuse himself from the federal probe into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. Trump has said naming Sessions as attorney general was the "biggest mistake" of his presidency, and he has called his leadership of the Justice Department "a total joke."

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday he wants to reclaim his old Senate seat from Alabama “The people in Alabama will figure this out,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told The Associated Press on Thursday when asked if it’s a good idea for Sessions to run .

Sessions identified that his first act, on announcing his campaign to run for Senate in 2020 - is to grovel to his Dear Leader.

Sessions resigned at Trump's request exactly one year ago.

In a statement posted to his campaign website, he offered effusive praise of the president despite their rift.

"As everyone knows, President Trump and I have had our ups and downs. But here's the important part: the President is doing great work for America," he said. "When President Trump took on Washington, only one Senator out of a hundred had the courage to stand with him: me. I was the first to support President Trump. I was his strongest advocate. I still am. We must make America great again."

He is expected to make a formal announcement on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight later Thursday.

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is poised to run for his longtime Senate seat in Alabama, challenging Senator Doug Jones, who is considered the most

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Sessions' Senate announcement comes the night before the deadline to file in the hyper-competitive Republican race, which already includes former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct as he lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the 2017 special election to replace Sessions.

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Tuberville released a digital ad Thursday that started with Trump saying the one thing he'd like to do over would be naming Sessions his attorney general. Grit PAC, a political action committee supporting Tuberville's candidacy, also released a 15-second online ad calling Sessions a "traitor."

Sessions' participation comes despite his being told behind the scenes and publicly by allies of the president that Trump would campaign against him in the crowded Republican primary field.

"Jeff Sessions returning to the Senate is a terrible idea," Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida tweeted Wednesday.

Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, however, told reporters on Thursday that he'd "absolutely" endorse his former colleague if he got into the race.

"Jeff Sessions is a friend. I worked with him every day up here for 20 years. He's a man of integrity. Of course, he'll have to run his own race, and you know that's up to the people of Alabama, but I believe he'll be a formidable candidate," Shelby said.

Sessions vows to 'work for' Trump endorsement .
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to work for President Trump's endorsement in the 2020 Alabama Republican Senate primary. In an appearance on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle," Sessions, who last week launched a campaign for his former Senate seat, said he knows that Trump doesn't always get involved in primaries, but he would actively seek the president's support."Certainly, I'm going to work for that and will be seeking it," he said.

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