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This morning, the Trump transition team finally confirmed that Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. (C, 78%) would be tapped for one of the most prestigious posts in the United States federal government: attorney general. For most politicians, this honor would only be bestowed as the result of self-serving decisions and tireless jockeying. For Jeff Sessions, it was never about his ambitions; it was about America.

Senator Sessions shocked even some of his most ardent admirers coming out for Donald Trump before it was at all clear that Trump could win or that supporting him would be anything but taboo. He was sorely criticized, at first even from some in grassroots Alabama, and predictably, from those in the establishment — those who have always seen his career, his very existence, as a thorn in their sides. Having worked for the senator for a short time, I was asked the same question for months: "What is he thinking?" Though we never spoke about it personally, I knew exactly what he was thinking. The issues over which Senator Sessions had been fighting Democrats, and even some of his fellow Republicans, for years — the policy priorities that he feels are critical to our nation's security and fiscal health — were finally being taken seriously by a presidential candidate. Sen. Sessions had experienced first-hand the number of candidates who talked a good talk, yet found himself, too many times, alone in the foxhole. He needed a champion and, as surprising as it was, Donald Trump embodied that.

Supporting Donald Trump was never about himself or a fast-track to a fancier job, it was about the issues that Sen. Sessions has fought for, oftentimes in vain, throughout his entire Senate career.

Jeff Sessions has never let Washington change him.

Despite the all-but-guaranteed negative media firestorm he will face after this nomination, rest assured: Jeff Sessions is one of the best men in Washington, D.C. I know that he will approach his new position the same way that he did serving as U.S. attorney, Alabama Attorney General, and U.S. Senator: with principle and conviction, a deeply held sense of patriotism, and love and concern for the American people.

And what a refreshing thought. Under the leadership of Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, our nation may have witnessed the most corrupt U.S. Department of Justice in our nation's history. If you've already forgotten the laundry list of liberty-forsaking scandals of this DOJ, just google either of their names and the word "corruption." You'll quickly be reminded of Holder's subpoenaing of journalists, his refusal to enforce America's immigration laws, Fast and Furious, and his blind eye to voter intimidation by the Black Panthers. For Lynch, you may only need remember her meeting with Bill Clinton on the tarmac before the FBI dropped its investigation of Hillary Clinton.

Jeff Sessions has never let Washington change him. He never lowered himself to be a swamp dweller. It has not made him popular, he probably gets passed over for plenty of speaking engagements and parties, but he goes home at night  with the knowledge that he's served the people of Alabama and America by standing for the Constitution, the rule of law, and fiscal restraint. As a former Department of Justice employee, I could not be more pleased, or more relieved, to see him selected for this critical position.

While most politicians and ambitious lackeys were busy testing the waters on which candidate could best propel their careers, Jeff Sessions took a risk on a quirky candidate that he believed would put first things first. It was never about him, it was always about what he felt the country needed most.

America, you will now have the privilege of getting to know the man that Alabamians have come to love and admire. If you believe in the preeminence of our Constitution and the rule of law, you will not be disappointed. 

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Katherine Green Robertson served in the U.S. Department of Justice under President George W. Bush, and later served Senator Jeff Sessions on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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