Former Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) announced on Nov. 7 that he is seeking the 2020 Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat for Alabama.
Sessions, 72, served as Alabamas senator for two decades—from 1997 to 2017—before he joined the Trump administration as attorney general in February 2017.
Sessions resigned from the attorney general position on Nov. 7, 2018, at Trumps request. The attorney general position was filled briefly by Matthew Whitaker until William Barr was confirmed to the job in February.
News of Sessions exploring the possibility of running for a Senate seat emerged last week.
Sessions said he has not yet had a chance to discuss his candidacy with the president.
Asked in a Fox News interview if he expected to get Trumps support, Sessions said: “I hope so. I think he will respect my work.”
In a statement announcing his candidacy, Sessions said: “When I left President Trumps cabinet, did I write a tell-all book? No. Did I go on CNN and attack the President? No. Have I said a cross word about President Trump? No.
“And Ill tell you why: First, that would be dishonorable. I was there to serve his agenda, not mine. Second, the President is doing a great job for America and Alabama, and he has my strong support.
“As everyone knows, President Trump and I have had our ups and downs. But heres the important part: the President is doing great work for America.
“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.
“Our freedoms have never been under attack like they are today. We have major party candidates for president campaigning on socialism, confiscating firearms, and closing down churches they disagree with. Ive battled these forces my entire life, and Im not about to surrender now. Lets go!”
Sessions also posted a 30-second video to his Twitter page, reiterating his message. “This is a crucial time in our nations history. The left has become unhinged and they are threatening the very things that make America great,” he wrote.
This is a crucial time in our nations history. The left has become unhinged and they are threatening the very things that make America great. Im running for U.S. Senate because we have to fight back. Lets go! https://t.co/E1Ti9aYKNT pic.twitter.com/IlueZhTiT4
— Jeff Sessions (@jeffsessions) November 8, 2019
Trump had said in a statement on Nov. 7 when bidding farewell to Sessions: “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!”
But Trump had also expressed negativity when speaking about Sessions, who recused himself from the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.
“Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Trump told the New York Times in an interview in 2017.