Sessions spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, announced that the AG has retained the services of attorney Charles "Chuck" Cooper, a longtime friend who had been on the short list to be Solicitor General, but withdrew his name.
"Chuck" Cooper has garnered criticism in the past for his support for incendiary causes such as Bob Jones’ University’s ban on interracial dating, job discrimination against those with HIV/AIDS and pushing legal discrimination against the LGBTQ community during the legal battles over Proposition 8 and marriage equality.
He seems like he'd get along great with Jefferson.
When asked about his being retained by Sessions Cooper confirmed that he is representing the attorney general but declined further comment.
Many believe Sessions hired Cooper as a counter measure to the fact that he had reportedly helped counsel Sessions ahead of his testimony last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee. With Cooper now in Sessions employ he would be prevented from testifying against him as there would now be an attorney client privilege attached.
You'll remember that in the hearing Sessions said he had no contacts with Russian officials during the campaign, only to amend his testimony following disclosures that he had met with the ambassador in July at the RNC and in September in his Washington office. In addition Sessions testified that any suggestion he colluded with Russian officials while he was advising the Trump campaign is "an appalling and detestable lie."
With shoddy testimony like that who knows what intel one of the many investigatory bodies who are looking into Trump and his campaigns ties to Russia might have been able to wrangle out of Cooper while under oath.
Sessions, who's failure to disclose the two encounters led to his recusal in March from any involvement in the FBI’s inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election though many believe he is still influencing the investigation from behind the scenes.