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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorsed Jeff Sessions for attorney general


Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorsed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) Monday to serve as President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general. 

Rice, who is also from Alabama, referred to Sessions as a "friend" and someone she admires in a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, CNN reports. 

"He is a man who is committed to justice and knows that law and order are necessary to guarantee freedom and liberty," she wrote.

Rice's endorsement could be the extra boost Sessions needs as confirmations begin Tuesday. 

Sessions has faced opposition from many civil rights groups that say his past racially-charged remarks make him an unsuitable candidate for the position. 

In 1986, Sessions was not granted a federal judgeship after he was accused of saying the Ku Klux Klan was "OK" until he found out members smoked weed. 

He's also accused of called the NAACP "un-American." 

Just last week, NAACP members held a sit-in at Sessions' Alabama office to protest his nomination for attorney general. 

Members pledged to remain in his office until he withdrew his name from consideration for the attorney general position. 

Instead, protestors, including the organization's national president Cornell William Brooks were arrested during the sit-in. 

Still, Rice said in her letter that she is confident Sessions "will uphold the laws of our great country and will work to ensure that every person here in the United States is given the voice that is deserved." 

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