Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is an American politician and lawyer serving as the 84th and current Attorney General of the United States since 2017. Sessions was elected Attorney General of Alabama in 1994, and to the U. Senate in 1996, being re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014. An early supporter of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Sessions was nominated by Trump for the post of U. In his Attorney General confirmation hearings, Sessions stated, while under oath, that he did not have contact with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign and that he was unaware of any contacts between Trump campaign members and Russian officials.
Sessions was a United States Senator from Alabama from 1997 to 2017, serving as a member of the Republican Party. During his time in Congress, Sessions was considered one of the most conservative members of the U. However, in March 2017, news reports revealed that Sessions had twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in 2016.
Figures testified that two assistant prosecutors had also heard Sessions, including current federal judge Ginny Granade. In 1992, Figures was charged with attempting to bribe a witness by offering ,000 to a convicted drug dealer who was to testify against his client.
Michigan Law professor Samuel Bagenstos, reviewing Sessions's claims, argued that "[a]ll this shows is that Sessions didn't completely refuse to participate in or have his name on pleadings in cases that the civil rights division brought during his tenure ...
He succeeded Howell Heflin, who had retired after 18 years in the Senate. In 2002, Sessions won reelection by defeating Democratic State Auditor Susan Parker.
That same year, the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance sued the state of Alabama after the Alabama Legislature attempted to deny funding to student organizations that advocated on behalf of homosexuality at public universities. In 2008, Sessions defeated Democratic State Senator Vivian Davis Figures (sister-in-law of Thomas Figures, the Assistant U. Attorney who testified at Sessions's judicial confirmation hearing) to win a third term.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, between 19, Sessions's largest donors came from the legal, retired, health, real estate, and insurance industries.
From 1995 to 2016, the corporations employing donors who gave the most to his campaign were the Southern Company utility firm, Balch & Bingham law firm, Drummond Company coal mining firm, Collazo Enterprises, and Vulcan Materials.
In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in November 2017, Carter Page declared that he had notified Sessions about his contacts with Kremlin officials in July 2016, contradicting Sessions's earlier denials. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama beginning in 1975. The Senate confirmed him and he held that position for 12 years until Bill Clinton's Attorney General, Janet Reno, asked for his resignation.