Sessions pens open letter touting his pro-Trump bona fides as he battles for his political life in GOP U.S. Senate primary runoff
♦By Rich Shumate, ChickenFriedPolitics.com editor
MONTGOMERY (CFP) — Facing political headwinds blowing from President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Sessions has taken the extraordinary step of sending open letter to his fellow Alabamians in which he expresses undying fealty to the man who has repeatedly, publicly belittled him.
“I have remained faithful to the President and his agenda. I have always stood up for him, and I never backed down, not even for one moment. My convictions are immovable, built on rock, not sand,” Sessions said in the letter released May 12.
“I believe President Trump is a great President who is steadily making progress for America, despite relentless opposition. My support for his agenda is not about me, or even about him. It’s about doing the right thing for the country I so love.”
Insisting that there is no daylight between him and Trump, Sessions said “the people of Alabama do not have to choose between voting for the President and voting for me, they can do both.”
However, Sessions also defended the decision he made that has drawn Trump’s unending ire — recusing himself as U.S. attorney general from the investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after his own meeting with Russia’s ambassador in Washington became public.
“I did what the law required me to do,” Sessions said. “I was a central figure in the campaign and was also a subject of and witness in the investigation and could obviously not legally be involved in investigating myself.”
“If I had ignored and broken the law, the Democrats would have used that to severely damage the President.”
But as he tries to reclaim the goodwill of Trump’s most fervent partisans, Sessions also dismissed the investigation as “a disruptive and prolonged fiasco for America and especially for President Trump, and a massive waste of money chasing the deep state myth of Russian collusion.”
He also said that from the beginning of the administration, he had urged Trump to fire the man who launched the Russia investigation, former FBI Director James Comey.
“I concluded that Comey was driven by ego, lacked self-discipline, and lacked the judgement necessary to lead an agency as critical as the FBI,” he said.
Sessions’s letter is the latest chapter in his quest to regain the Senate seat he gave up in 2017 to become attorney general — a seat he had held for 20 years and likely could have kept for life had he not agreed to join the Trump administration.
Trump was publicly critical of Sessions during his time attorney general and has continued to needle him since firing Sessions in 2018, including in an interview just days before Session’s open letter in which he said Sessions had “begged” to be attorney general and was “a very average guy” and a “total disaster.”
The president has endorsed Session’s opponent in the July 14 GOP primary runoff, former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville — an endorsement that has left Sessions fighting for his political life in a state where the president remains popular.
In his letter, Sessions noted that in 2016, he the first member of Congress to endorse Trump, at a time when “many thought I was nuts to do so.”
“I helped Trump win and traveled the country with him, embedded in his campaign. I am one of the architects of his agenda, and I was pushing his agenda even before he ran for office,” he said.
Sessions also noted that after Trump fired him, “I did not say a cross word about him, as I thought that would be dishonorable.”
He also said that while Alabamians “enthusiastically” support Trump, “we also make our own decisions on who to send to the U.S. Senate.”
“Alabamians have long resisted pressure from people in Washington telling them how to vote,” Sessions said.