Condoleezza Rice has endorsed Donald Trump’s pick of Jeff Sessions for his attorney general.
Rice wrote a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley in which she expressed not only her appreciation for Sessions but also called him a “friend” that she admires “greatly.”
“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, who is also from Alabama, added that Sessions had worked hard in that state to heal the wounds left be “prejudice and injustice against the descendents of slaves,” specifically pointing to his efforts to help lead the charge to give the Congressional Gold Medal to one of her “personal heroes,” Rosa Parks.
“I know that Sen. 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,” she wrote.
Rice, the first African-American woman to serve as secretary of state, held her position under President George W. Bush. Her endorsement of Sessions may put him over the edge to where he needs to be to obtain confirmation in the Senate, with confirmation hearings scheduled to begin Tuesday.