Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions left the Trump administration due to friction with the president, but that's all in the past — at least for one of them.
On Thursday night, Sessions announced he is running for his old Senate seat in Alabama. He served from 1997 to 2017 and was the first senator to endorse President Trump's candidacy in 2016. While serving as attorney general, Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, a move that enraged Trump and was the beginning of his downfall. Last year, at the request of Trump, Sessions resigned.
During his announcement, Sessions praised Trump, admitting that while they had their "ups and downs," Trump is "doing great work for America. When President Trump took on Washington, only one senator out of 100 had the courage to stand with him: me. I was the first to support President Trump. I was his strongest advocate. I still am. We must make America great again."
Trump is less than enthused that Sessions is running for Senate, people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post on Wednesday. Trump has already called selecting Sessions as his first attorney general the "biggest mistake" of his presidency, and said the way he ran the Justice Department was "a total joke." Trump has spoken with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about ways he can attack Sessions, the Post reports, and has spent the last few days bad-mouthing his former AG to White House aides. Catherine Garcia
For six years, Kristen Bell cashed checks as the voice of Gossip Girl, the unseen whose dishy insights bedeviled the lives of Manhattan's richest and prettiest and worst teenagers. And now that Gossip Girl is getting a reboot on HBO Max, Bell is reportedly back as well.
How much money did it take to lure an actress of Bell's fame and caliber to lend some credibility to a warmed-over reboot of a teen drama that wasn't all that good in the first place? That's one secret I'll never tell. XOXO, Gossip Girl. Read more at The Hollywood Reporter. Scott Meslow
Hope Hicks never really expected to be the press secretary for one of the most divisive and controversial presidential candidates that modern American politics has ever seen. Although the 27-year-old is now perched comfortably in Trump Tower as Donald Trump's press secretary, Hicks had humbler beginnings, as detailed in a recent GQ profile: "In Greenwich, Connecticut, as a kid, she was an athlete and a model who — after appearing in a Ralph Lauren ad — told a local magazine she intended to be an actress."
While she never quite made it as an actress, Hicks will still be recognizable to more than just reporters and politicos: Teens might know her as Gossip Girl's Jenny Humphrey. While Hicks eventually left modeling behind and went the PR route, working for Ivanka Trump and later getting roped in by her father Donald, Cosmopolitan confirmed that Hicks appeared as the cover model of the 2005 Gossip Girl spin-off book, The It Girl.
However glitzy Trump Tower may be, this much is for sure: Being Jenny Humphrey is far more enviable than being the person who has to decline to comment to reporters about her boss' thoughts on Mexican judges. Jeva Lange