US Attorney General
US Attorney General
- The US Attorney General (A.G.) is the head of the United States Department of Justice.
- The President shall appoint Attorney General, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
- Usually US Attorney General is assumed to be the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government.
- The office of Attorney General was established by Congress by the Judiciary Act of 1789.
- In 1870, the Department of Justice was established to support the attorney general in the discharge of their responsibilities.
- The attorney general serves as a member of the Cabinet of the President of the United States and is the only cabinet officer who does not have the title of secretary.
- The attorney general is also subject to impeachment by the House of Representatives and trial in the Senate for “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors”.
- Jeff Sessions sworn in as 84th US Attorney General on February 9, 2017 by Michael R. Pence.
- The first acting Attorney General under President Trump, Sally Yates was dismissed by Trump after Yates told justice department lawyers not to defend his executive order restricting entry for people from seven countries.
- Edmund Randolph of Virginia was the first US Attorney General.
US Attorney General : Jeff Sessions
- 70 year old Jeff Sessions was born in Selma and raised in the small town of Hybart, Alabama.
- He graduated from Montgomery’s Huntingdon College and the University of Alabama School of Law.
- Sessions served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1973 to 1986, ultimately attaining the rank of captain.
- He served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from 1975-1977 before being nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, a position he held for 12 years.
- In 1995, Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General.
- President Donald J. Trump announced his intention to nominate Mr. Sessions on November 18, 2016.
- Sessions confirmed by a vote of 52-47 in senate of United States.