Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced his intent to run for Alabama's Senate seat ahead of a Friday deadline to register for the race. Sessions stepped down from his post as attorney general previous year at the request of President Trump.
President Donald Trump fired his top law official a year ago after a protracted feud over the inquiry into 2016 election meddling, which Mr Sessions declined to oversee. "When President Trump took on Washington, only one Senator out of a hundred had the courage to stand with him: me".
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne of Fairhope, who has been in the race since February, issued a statement in response to the Sessions announcement but did not mention Sessions.
"As everyone knows, President Trump and I have had our ups and downs".
U.S. President Donald Trump forced out Sessions as head of the Justice Department a year ago after repeatedly criticizing his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. He was sacked from the position in November 2018, after many months of public disparagement by Trump due to Sessions recusing himself from the Mueller investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The seat eventually flipped to the Democrats after Sessions' successor, Luther Strange, lost a Republican primary to former right-wing State Judge Roy Moore.
Fellow Alabama Republican Senator Richard Shelby already said he would endorse Sessions and give him full support.
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"Jeff Sessions is a friend - I worked with him every day up here for 20 years", stated Shelby.
Jones has already run social media fundraising ads, with a photo of Sessions next to McConnell with the caption, "Too extreme".
"I had a great tenure at the Department of Justice in so many different ways and I don't ever worry about regretting things like that".
The Republican announced his 2020 run Thursday on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight". "We were able to serve, able to push the Trump agenda in an honorable way".
"But I know how painful it was for the president", he continued.
Mr Sessions, 72, held his Senate seat for two decades before serving as AG. "I think she may have been as direct as saying that Gordon Sondland lies about conversations that occur in the Oval Office", he said. We pushed the immigration agenda.