United States Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an advisor to U.S. President Elect Donald Trump, speaks to members of the media alongside Trump's senior advisor Kellyanne Conway in the lobby of Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City

Conservatives have concerns about Sessions as Trump's attorney general

United States Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an advisor to U.S. President Elect Donald Trump, speaks to members of the media alongside Trump's senior advisor Kellyanne Conway in the lobby of Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Julia Edwards Ainsley and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump on Friday named his earliest and staunchest supporter in the Senate, conservative Republican Jeff Sessions, to become the next U.S. attorney general, triggering an outcry from civil rights groups as well as some conservatives outside Congress who are uneasy about Sessions’ positions. If approved for the job by a simple majority in the Republican-dominated Senate, Sessions, 69, would lead the Justice Department and the FBI. Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist and Trump critic, said on Twitter, “Jeff Sessions, considered too racist to be a judge in the ’80s, is Trump’s AG.” Holly Harris, executive director of U.S. Justice Action Network, a sentencing reform advocacy group that includes powerful conservative tax reform lobbyist Grover Norquist, said Sessions’ nomination “obviously presents a challenge.” Sessions has opposed lowering mandatory minimum sentences for low-level offenders.

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