Report: AL Gov. Might Replace Sessions With AG Investigating Him

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is strongly considering picking the state’s attorney general, Luther Strange, as a temporary successor for Sen. Jeff Sessions, should Sessions be confirmed as U.S. attorney general, Politico reports. Strange, Alabama’s attorney general since 2010, is currently involved in an investigation into allegations that Bentley engaged in corruption to cover up an affair with a married staffer, for which Alabama legislators have suggested impeaching Bentley. If Sessions is confirmed as U.S. attorney general, Bentley will be allowed to pick a temporary replacement for Sessions’s Senate seat until a special election can be held. Strange has already announced that he would run in an election to fill Sessions’s seat. If Strange leaves his post as Alabama attorney general, Bentley will be able to appoint his successor, who might be less likely to continue the investigation, Politico reports.