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President-elect Trump offers attorney general post to Sen. Jeff Sessions

Peter Alexander and Hallie Jackson
Trump offers Sen. Sessions attorney general post: NBC News

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Sen. Jeff Sessions as his attorney general pick, multiple 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.

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

"Donald Trump will do it," he said at the time.

As a current member of the Senate, it's unlikely that Sessions' Republican colleagues will try to block his nomination. But Democrats and liberal groups are sure to focus on Sessions' controversial past.

In the 1980s, Sessions was considered for a Ronald Reagan-appointed federal district judgeship in Alabama, but was blocked by the Senate after a black former deputy accused him of making racially insensitive statements. Thomas Figures said that Sessions had once warned him to be careful about what he said to "white folks."

Figures, a former assistant U.S. Attorney in Alabama, also testified that during a 1981 murder investigation tied to the Ku Klux Klan, Sessions commented that he "used to think they [the KKK] were OK" until he found out some were "pot smokers." Sessions claimed he had been joking.