Trump taps Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., left, looks on as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a national security meeting with advisors at Trump Tower, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in New York. Evan Vucci / AP
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., left, looks on as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a national security meeting with advisors at Trump Tower, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in New York. Evan Vucci / AP

WASHINGTON (NBC) — Sen. Jeff Sessions has been named attorney general under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, two sources familiar with the decision confirmed to NBC News.

In February, the Alabama senator became the first sitting senator to endorse Trump during his campaign. His name was also floated as a possible running mate for Trump.

Sessions is chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, and served as an adviser on Trump’s immigration policy plan during his campaign.

When he first endorsed Trump, Sessions praised the then-GOP contender as someone who would finally fix illegal immigration.

“Donald Trump will do it,” Sessions said at the time.

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