GOP senator says he'll endorse Sessions if he runs for Senate seat

GOP senator says he'll endorse Sessions if he runs for Senate seat
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Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbySenate fails to get deal to speed up fight over impeachment rules Roberts under pressure from both sides in witness fight GOP senator on Trump soliciting foreign interference: 'Those are just statements' MORE (R-Ala.) said Wednesday he will endorse former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLawmaker wants Chinese news outlet to register as foreign agent Trump-aligned group launches ad campaign hitting Doug Jones on impeachment ICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report MORE if the former Trump Cabinet official gets into the Alabama Senate race.

Shelby, who served in the Senate with Sessions for decades, said the two spoke on Monday and "a lot of indications point to him running," though Sessions hasn't made a final decision.

"Oh yeah, if he runs I will. He's always endorsed me. He's my friend," Shelby said Wednesday when asked if he would support Sessions.


Sessions has been reaching out to the Alabama delegation as he weighs a bid for his old Senate seat. There's already a crowded GOP primary field, including Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneGOP lawmaker offers resolution to censure Pelosi for holding articles of impeachment GOP rep releases campaign ad ripping Kaepernick, 'The Squad' GOP rep rails against Democrats for rejecting Republican impeachment amendment MORE (R-Ala.) and Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreThe 5 most vulnerable senators in 2020 The biggest political upsets of the decade GOP predicts bipartisan acquittal at Trump impeachment trial MORE, who lost the 2017 Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones.

Shelby noted that Sessions had initially called him approximately a week ago and that the two have discussed the Senate race on other occasions this year.

Sessions left the Senate in early 2017 after President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE selected him to become attorney general. But he was ousted last year after months of public attacks by Trump, who was frustrated by Sessions's decision to recuse himself from an investigation into Russia's election meddling in 2016.

Shelby declined to say if the two discussed Trump during their call.

Trump has continued to lash out at Sessions, including calling him a "total disaster" during an interview published earlier this month.

Shelby told The Hill earlier this year that he discussed a potential Senate bid by Sessions with Trump, but characterized the president as "not on board."

"I did talk to [Sessions]. I talked to the president about it too … About if Sessions ran, he was not encouraging," Shelby said at the time. "How do I say it? He was not on board, OK?"