Lee Signs On to Patronage in Trump Administration

wpid-Mike-Lee2.jpgLate last night, details emerged from Manhattan’s Trump Tower indicating that one of the President elect’s oldest and most stalwart supporters would be offered a cabinet-level appointment.

Senator  Jeff Sessions (Republican-Alabama) has been tapped to become the nation’s Attorney General, a post which leads the Department of Justice, and arguably, during an era of considerable conflicts of interest.

Sessions is a former prosecutor who came to Washington after being elected to the Senate in 1997. Sessions had previously been Alabama’s own attorney general where he was not without some controversy stemming from racially charged ex tempore remarks. As of 2016, he worked on the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee, a body which had previously rejected his appointment to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan.

Within the scope of the law, concerns are mounting over the legality of the participation of Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose status both personally and financially raises questions about his involvement in the upcoming Trump administration, even as a non-paid volunteer. With other questions surrounding the lack of a true “blind trust” of Trump’s assets that would be managed by the Trump children, the nation’s top law enforcement officer could be placing his experience in the middle of a newly emerging political morass.

Not all are concerned, and party partisans are already expressing their support. Utah Senator, Mike Lee, offered a personal endorsement early Friday morning, issuing a statement that read in part, “Sen. Sessions’ solid understanding of the Constitution and firm commitment to the rule of law is exactly what the Justice Department needs. I have worked closely with Sen. Sessions on the Judiciary Committee over these past six years and I have every confidence that he will make a great Attorney General for all Americans.”

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