Sources say that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has expressed his interest in wanting to once again run for the Alabama Senate seat he held before joining the Trump administration.
Those familiar with Sessions’ intentions say that his official announcement is likely to happen on Thursday’s broadcast of Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” where he is scheduled as a guest.
Should Sessions enter the contest, he would join a crowded field of Republicans already running to take on Democratic incumbent Sen. Doug Jones. The filing deadline closes the afternoon of Friday 11/8.
Sessions has not spoken with President Trump or Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about running for his old Senate seat, the sources said. He has hired Curt Anderson of On Message to be his campaign consultant.
Other Republicans running include U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, businessman Stanley Adair and state Rep. Arnold Mooney.
Sessions, who resigned from the Justice Department a year ago — amid public attacks from the president he served — was at one time, one of Trump’s most loyal and trusted advisers. But that was before their relationship blew-up over his recusal from the Russia investigation.
Prior to Sessions’ resignation last year, Trump repeatedly lambasted Sessions over his recusal, saying he wouldn’t have installed him as the country’s top law enforcement officer had he known his attorney general would recuse himself from the Russia probe.
Trump’s falling out with Sessions was remarkable, considering the pivotal and trusted role the Alabama Republican once played for Trump during the campaign.
A major question hanging over Sessions’ entrance into the race is whether Trump — who remains popular in Alabama, will let bygones-be-bygones, and support his former friend’s bid, or he will take steps to derail his campaign.
Trump is scheduled to visit Alabama this weekend to attend the Alabama-LSU college football game on Saturday.