Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid

Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid
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Eleven Republican senators have signed a letter in support of former Alabama Sen. 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's (R) bid to reclaim his old seat.

The "open letter to conservatives" touted the former attorney general as "a man of his word" and "devoted to serving the people of Alabama."

"We believe Jeff Sessions has more to offer his country, and we believe the United States Senate will be better with his experience and leadership," the senators added.

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The letter was signed by GOP Sens. 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 (Ala.), James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeBroad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa Lawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown Senators take oath for impeachment trial MORE (Okla.), Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsSenate fails to get deal to speed up fight over impeachment rules Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Senate GOP hopes to move new NAFTA deal before impeachment trial MORE (Kan.), Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump MORE (Wyo.),  Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoSenators ask FDA to crack down on non-dairy milks, cheeses Drug price outrage threatens to be liability for GOP It's time for the Senate to advance cannabis banking reform MORE (Idaho), Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonOvernight Health Care: New drug price hikes set stage for 2020 fight | Conservative group to spend M attacking Pelosi drug plan | Study finds Medicaid expansion improved health in Southern states New Georgia senator takes spot on health committee Loeffler sworn in to Georgia seat MORE (Ga.), John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoTrump defense team signals focus on Schiff Schiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line Schiff closes Dems' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump MORE (Wyo.), Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntMeadows says Trump told him he didn't threaten senators on impeachment vote Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment Trump team to present case for about two hours on Saturday MORE (Mo.), John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanAppropriators fume over reports of Trump plan to reprogram .2 billion for wall The job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid MORE (Ark.), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGraham vows Biden, Ukraine probe after impeachment trial GOP warns of 'drawn out' executive privilege battle over Bolton testimony  Senate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses MORE (Wis.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerThe Hill's Morning Report — Impeachment unknowns await returning lawmakers Pressure builds over impeachment impasse in Senate Trump faces pivotal year with Russia on arms control MORE (Neb.).

Barrasso and Blunt are the third and fourth highest ranking Republican senators, respectively.

Sessions on Thursday announced his bid for the Alabama Senate seat currently held by Sen. Doug Jones (D). Sessions previously represented Alabama in the Senate from 1997 to 2017.

Sessions left the Senate to serve as President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE's first attorney general and earned the president's abiding disdain after he recused himself from the Department of Justice's investigation into Russian election inference. Trump has repeatedly attacked Sessions both before and after he left the Justice Department, saying that Sessions's selection was the worst mistake of his presidency.

"I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad," Trump told Hill.TV in an exclusive interview in September of last year, less than two months before Sessions stepped down. 

Trump said Friday that he hadn't decided whether he wanted to endorse Sessions in the crowded Republican primary to take on Jones.

“Well I haven’t gotten involved. I saw he said very nice things about me last night. But we’ll have to see," he told reporters. “I haven’t made a determination."

Shelby and Blunt also praised Sessions before he entered the race, and Shelby has indicated previously that he would endorse Sessions.