Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley heavily favors state Attorney General Luther Strange to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions when he gets confirmed for U.S. attorney general, according to a Wednesday Politico report.
Bentley hasn’t made an official decision yet, but insiders report that Luther is the top of the list. Additionally, Luther also began quietly interviewing potential staffers in Washington, D.C., fueling rumors that he has already been selected.
Bentley is currently under an impeachment investigation related to a sex scandal with a staffer, and Strange is tasked with investigating on behalf of the state legislature. Strange’s appointment to the Senate post would allow Bentley to choose the next state attorney general, which essentially gives the sitting governor control over who will investigate the impeachment proceedings.
“Luther is screwed either way,” an unnamed source said. “If he gets the job, it looks like he cut a deal. And if he doesn’t, it looks like he’s prosecuting Bentley out of revenge.”
Strange recused himself in a similar situation last year, when he appointed a special prosecutor in the case against Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, according to Politico.
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