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Alabama Governor Appoints Luther Strange To Fill Sessions' Seat

Alfredo Watts | 10 February, 2017, 03:43

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama hasn't yet been confirmed as USA attorney general, but concern already is mounting that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will use his vacancy-appointment power to torpedo an investigation related to his own alleged corruption.

Bentley's expected pick? Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, who could prosecute Bentley in a misuse of state funds scandal connected to the release of an audio tape full of dirty talk between the governor and one of his top aides.

Bentley says he's very qualified, and people on Capitol Hill already know him, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"Senator Sessions' commitment to public service is almost unparalleled in Alabama history and his departure from the Senate leaves tremendous shoes to fill", unusual, 63, said in a statement. "I look forward to working with Senator Strange as we continue to promote and advance conservative legislation and true Alabama values".

In effect, odd gets a head start on the special election, which will take place in the 2018 midterms.

It was widely expected unusual would take over for Sessions.

The attorney general's office is investigating Bentley pursuant to a sex and corruption probe stemming from allegations related to an extramarital affair he is rumored to have had with a former senior staff member. Unusual will serve as a fine representative for our people. He will support and reinvigorate our law enforcement officers.

The impeachment probe by the Alabama House Judiciary Committee came to a halt in November, after unusual asked that his office be able to take over "related work". He had served as the state's attorney general since 2011.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has not officially chosen unusual, however, and he could change his mind, the operatives said.

Sessions was confirmed by the senate Wednesday night to be U.S. Attorney General.

It is unclear if unusual investigated the claims against Bentley-on Thursday he said his November letter "speaks for itself".

Bentley has acknowledged making personal mistakes, but denied doing anything legally wrong.

Luther Strange is from Homewood, Alabama, where he lives with his wife, Melissa; they have two sons.

"This is truly a remarkable time in our state's history", Bentley said in a joint statement.