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Sessions wins endorsement from key GOP senators

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/8/2019 Susan Ferrechio
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Eleven Senate Republicans Friday endorsed former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his bid to regain the Senate seat in Alabama that he held for two decades, bucking a White House that has frowned on him running again.

Sessions announced Thursday he’ll run for his old seat.

The 11 Senate Republican endorsements, which include a GOP leader, will likely bolster Sessions in his effort to win in a March primary and to eventually gain the party endorsement and blessing of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“Each of us has served in the United States Senate with Jeff Sessions,” the senators said in a letter. “We have seen him work diligently in the public eye and behind closed doors, when things were both good and bad, under stress and in success. We know Jeff’s character and his temperament. We know his commitment to his principles. We know he is a man of his word. And we know he is devoted to serving the people of Alabama.”

Sessions left the Senate in 2017 to be the nation’s top law enforcement officer. He almost immediately ran afoul of President Trump by recusing himself from the investigation into whether the president colluded with Russians ahead of the 2016 election. The investigation lasted nearly two years and Trump frequently criticized Sessions for sidelining himself from defending the president against the charges.

Sessions said he still supports Trump and his agenda.

The Republican senators who wrote in support of Sessions include Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, and Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

The Republican Conference Chairman, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, also signed the letter.

“As a U.S. Senator, Jeff helped lead a conservative revolution back to ‘America First’ principles,” Barrasso said. “The result has been unprecedented victories these last 3 years to transform our courts, secure our homeland, and make trade deals that benefit us.”

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