Former US Attorney General Jeff Session has announced that he is running for the Republican Party to regain his previous Senate seat in Alabama.
President Donald Trump fired his highest-ranking official last year after a lengthy feud over an election inquiry in 201
72-year-old Mr Sessions held his Senate seat for two decades before serving as AG.
Mr Trump is expected to campaign against him. despite their public "ups and downs."
"When I left President Trump's office, did I write a storybook? No. Did I go to CNN and attack the president? No. Did I say a cross word about President Trump? No, "said in a press release on his website.
" And I'll tell you why: first, that would be disrespectful. I was there to serve his program, not mine. Second, the president did a great job for America and Alabama and he has my strong support. "
- Jeff Sessions: Controversial Conservative
Mr. Session also described himself in the statement that he is still Mr. Trump's" strongest advocate " laughed publicly at the president.
Former senator enters already crowded race to seek Republican nomination for 2020 general election.
Among those who announced their intention to run is former Chief Justice Roy Moore, 72, who lost. the special election for Mr Sessions's December 2017 seat.
Mr Moore was expected to win, but his campaign was littered with allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.
He eventually lost to Doug Jones, who became the first Democrat to win a seat in the US Senate in a deeply conservative state for 25 years.
Who is Jeff Sessions?
Mr. Sessions is a lifelong conservative who has worked as a lawyer and served in the US Army Reserves before entering the political arena.
He became attorney general in Alabama – his home state – in 1994 and joined the Senate two years later.
He was also the first US senator to approve Mr Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
During his time in Congress, Mr. Sessions was an outspoken opponent of the liberalization of drug laws, gay marriage and immigration.
Although he remains deeply popular in Alabama, he resigned his post in the Senate in 2017 to become Mr. Trump's first attorney general.
In March 2017, Mr Sessions resigned himself to monitor the Justice Department's independent inquiry into Russia's interference during the 2016 presidential election after appearing to meet with the Russian ambassador to campaign time.
The decision was criticized by Mr Trump, who accused him of appointing Robert Mueller as special advisor to Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Mr Session was the butt of many a presidential barbie – in August 2018, Mr Trump tweeted that his attorney general was "terribly chained and missing."
Mr Sessions was forced to resign less than three months later. In a letter confirming the move, it became clear that the decision to go was not his.