Even before being elected President Trump's attorney general in 2017, Jeff Sessions - or Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III - has long been making headlines with his staunch political stances and fiery rhetoric. Previously serving a 12-year stint as the US attorney for the Southern District of Alabama followed by a term as Alabama's attorney general in 1994 and four consecutive terms on the US Senate, Sessions has crafted himself a legacy that has brought him a fair share of praise and criticism from either side of the political aisle.
Political affiliations aside, there is no doubt that politicians have a habit of speaking out of turn, or voicing opinions that leave voters uneasy. Gathered here are just a few of the most controversial statements made by Sessions during his career.
Do these statements make you feel uneasy?
When defending the US Customs and Border Protection's 'zero-tolerance' policy for illegal border crossings.
In reference to the hesitations voiced by Republican Party members about Trump's suitability as presidential elect in 2016.
When discussing the manner in which children are being taken from their parents under false pretenses by Border Patrol agents.
In response to Trump's comments about grabbing women.
When addressing the US Senate Drug Caucus regarding the legalization of marijuana.
In a written opinion piece for the Washington Post advocating for stricter legal immigration regulations.
When discussing the 1973 Supreme Court ruling protecting a woman's right to choose.
When defending his vote against the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
In an official statement following the June 13, 2016 Orlando, Fl, terror attack.
A comment made while serving as a US attorney in Alabama in 1986.
In an official response to the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling.
During a 2015 hearing addressing concerns about Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency.
In response to being questioned about whether Russia was involved in hacking of the 2016 US presidential election.
When being interviewed regarding Obama's potential election of the Supreme Court's first openly gay justice in 2009.