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President-Elect Donald Trump is plans to name his picks for three key cabinet posts: Michael Flynn for National Security Adviser, Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, and Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA Director.

That’s according to Sean Spicer, a Republican National Committee official involved in the transition. Another official with knowledge of the matter also tells NPR’s Carrie Johnson that Sen. Sessions has been offered the attorney general position.

The attorney general and CIA director nominees will need to be confirmed by the Senate. The national security adviser does not need Senate confirmation.

Jeff Sessions:

The 69-year-old Republican senator, who has been offered the position of attorney general, was one of the first lawmakers to ally himself with the Trump campaign. He embraces a strong anti-immigration platform and a tough approach to fighting crime.

Sessions is a former longtime U.S. attorney in Alabama who went on to serve as the top Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Justice Department and FBI operations. But earlier in his career, that same committee denied him a position as a lifetime-tenured federal judge after lawyers testified he had used racially insensitive language. Sessions apologized for saying he thought the KKK was OK “until I found out they smoked pot,” describing the episode as a joke.

His positions on social issues including same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization and funding for stem-cell research are conservative.

Michael Flynn

As Tom Bowman reports on our Parallels blog:

“Within military circles, Flynn was a highly respected — though at times controversial — career intelligence officer. He worked his way up the ranks, including stints as the top intelligence officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as Gen. Stanley McChrystal‘s top aide in Afghanistan. …

“Flynn, by then a three-star general, went on to run the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s military-centered spy service. But the workforce there complained he was trying to push through too many changes, including sending more employees overseas.

“Flynn argued that he was trying to get the bureaucracy to be more efficient, to do more. Critics said he couldn’t run a large bureaucracy. He was forced out in 2014 after less than two years in the job.”

Flynn, too, was an early Trump supporter.

During the Republican National Convention this summer, he joined in to chants of “Lock her up,” in reference to Hillary Clinton. “It was a strange position for someone who was a career military officer and a registered Democrat from Rhode Island,” Tom says.

Flynn has called President Obama “a liar” and troubled some former colleagues with his partisan political work, Tom reports.

In an interview with NPR to discuss his book The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, Flynn said he thought it was not workable to put a blanket immigration ban on “any segment of the population.”

Mike Pompeo

Pompeo, a third-term congressman from Kansas, was an editor of the Harvard Law Review before entering business, where he worked in aerospace manufacturing and the oil industry.

Pompeo was a member of the House Committee on Benghazi.