Richard Shelby introduces fellow Alabamian Jeff Sessions in AG confirmation hearing

Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby introduced fellow Alabamian, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning. Sessions has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as America’s next United States Attorney General.

Read the Senator’s full remarks before the Committee below:

Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this historic hearing.

Although my friend and colleague Jeff Sessions is well-known to the members of this committee, it is my distinct privilege to introduce him as President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as our next United States Attorney General.

Before joining the Senate, Jeff began his distinguished career as a practicing attorney, Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, and United States Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District before ultimately becoming the Attorney General of Alabama.

During the past twenty years that I have served with Jeff in the Senate, I have had the opportunity to know him well – not just as a skilled attorney with an accomplished record as a prosecutor and legislator, but as a man of extraordinary character.

I have the highest regard not only for his intellect, but for his integrity.

Unfortunately, since the announcement of his nomination, Jeff’s political opponents have attacked his character with baseless and tired allegations.

But, in reality, Jeff’s extensive record of treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.

Throughout his decades of public service, including his impressive tenure on this committee, Jeff’s commitment to upholding the rule of law is unparalleled.

The integrity, humility, and gravity with which Jeff will approach the office of Attorney General is unquestionable. I have no doubt that he will apply the law with the impartiality required of the job.

I am confident that this committee will report favorably and expeditiously Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be the next United States Attorney General.


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