Transcript for Trump Transition Team Announces Sen. Jeff Sessions as AG Nominee
Meanwhile, president-elect trump naming his choice for attorney general, and drawing fierce criticism for it almost immediately. Tonight, senator Jeff sessions has accepted the offer, but he will face questions about his record on civil rights. Here's Pierre Thomas. Has anybody ever heard of senator Jeff sessions? Reporter: Donald Trump picked a trusted advisor as the next attorney general. Someone who stood at his side during the earliest and darkest moments of his campaign. I think the Republican party needs to listen to what Donald Trump's been saying. Reporter: But he is a nominee who has become a lightning rod for some on the left. The chairman of the congressional black caucus calling senator sessions' civil rights record, quote, "Appalling." They point to the fact he was rejected from a potential federal judicial seat 30 years ago when a former black colleague accused sessions of calling him "Boy." And told him, "Be careful of what you say to white folks." Sessions at the time, denying the claims. I am not a racist. I am not insensitive to blacks. I supported civil rights activity in my state. I have done my job with integrity, equality, and fairness for all. Reporter: His supporters point to his record as a former U.S attorney and senator who served nearly 20 years. Senator Ted Cruz saying, quote, "Senator Jeff sessions' nomination as attorney general is great news for all of us who revere the constitution and the rule of law." On trump's list for secretary of state, a woman who champion Ed bringing down the confederate flag. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, a rising star. I was never the president-elect's biggest cheerleader. Reporter: Recalling those barbs Haley and trump traded during the campaign. During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. Reporter: Trump firing back. "The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley." But now -- He ran against both parties, against the political system at large. A system he argued was fundamentally broken. Reporter: Also in contention for the top diplomatic job, trump's former foe, Mitt Romney. I don't want to see trickle-down racism. I don't want to see a president of the United States saying things which change the character of the generations of Americans that are following. He was begging for my endorsement. I could have said, Mitt, drop to your knees. He would have dropped to his knees. He was begging. True. True. Reporter: And trump's controversial new top advisor, Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart news, which published headlines like "The confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage." Addressing critics. "I'm not a white nationalist," he said. "I'm a nationalist. I'm an economic nationalist." Pierre is with us live from Washington. I want to get back to Jeff sessions, he's been outspoken on Hillary Clinton and the e-mails. Reporter: He's been critical of the FBI's nsinvestigation of the e-mails. David? Pierre, thank you. We have one more development on this tonight. The president-elect also putting his national security team
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