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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks at a campaign rally for presidential candidate DonaldTrump at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Priebus dismissed concerns over Trump's pick for attorney general


He's a good man. He will be confirmed and he deserves it,
Reince Priebus

Donald Trump's incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus dismissed concerns over the president-elect's nomination for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions. 

Priebus told ABC's Martha Raddatz that Sessions will be confirmed for the position despite the opposition from civil rights groups. 

Many civil rights groups oppose Sessions because in 1986 he reportedly called the ACLU and the NAACP "un-American." For that, he was denied a federal judgeship, according to ABC. 

"Senator Sessions’ record suggests that he will carry on an old, ugly legacy in this country’s history when civil rights for African-Americans, women and minorities were not regarded as core American values," the NAACP said in a statement. "While Lady Justice may be said to be blind, we need an Attorney General with 20-20 vision in seeing racial injustice."

Sessions still denies the allegations against him. 

Priebus noted that the Sessions incident happened 30 years ago and said it was unfair to judge the senator for the way he phrased something that long ago. 

In the interview with Raddatz, Priebus also discussed the possibility of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney being tapped to serve in the Trump administration. 

Priebus didn't rule out the possibility but noted that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are also being considered for secretary of state, the same position Romney could be nominated for. 

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