In this May 6, 2018, file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) listens to Senate Majority Leader Mitch Daniels (R, Ky.) speak at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
President Donald Trump has nominated Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) to be the next attorney general, setting up a potentially contentious confirmation battle in which Sessions will be the one to be confirmed, sources familiar with the decision told USA Today.
The president has nominated Sessions to the position because he had served as attorney general under former President Barack Obama.
Trump also tapped Alabama Republican Sen. Luther Strange to be his nominee to lead the Justice Department.
Sessions was considered the front-runner for the position in the race for the vacant Cabinet post.
But he withdrew from the race and later endorsed Trump in his bid for the presidency.
Trump has been looking for a new attorney general in a way he hasn’t done since the election of former President George W. Bush, when former President Donald B. Bush was sworn in.
He named the former U.K. attorney general Dominic Grieve to be deputy attorney general and he tapped former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to be White House chief of staff.