Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions is President-Elect Donald Trump’s choice for the position of Attorney General of the U.S.
That suits FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, one of two Republicans on the Commission and a leading candidate to become Chairman, just fine.
In an official statement, Pai congratulated Sessions — his old boss – on the nomination.
“I had the honor of working for Sen. Sessions on the Senate Judiciary Committee, when he chaired the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts,” Pai said. “Sen. Sessions was, and is, a good man and a superb senator: Honorable, thoughtful, devoted to the Constitution, and deeply committed to equal justice and the rule of law.”
Sessions is a former prosecutor and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996. He is well-liked across Capitol Hill, but has raised concerns over liberals and Democrats regarding his stance on U.S. immigration reform and past comments on African-Americans and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
This resistance may have prompted the following comments from Pai.
“He has long employed a diverse staff of attorneys—during my tenure, his staff consisted of an African-American man, two women, and me, a first-generation Indian-American—all of whom worked every day to fulfill his vision of a just and free America … The Department of Justice and the American people will benefit from his leadership.”
Sessions, 69, is the first senator to lend his support to Trump during his presidential campaign.