It’s beginning to look like Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be on his way out sooner rather than later.
President Donald Trump has already made it clear that he was put off by the fact that Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe, and a tweet from the commander-in-chief referred to the AG as “beleaguered.”
The Washington Post passes along some details on what’s going on behind the scenes.
President Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks.
Members of Trump’s circle, including White House officials, have increasingly raised the question among themselves in recent days as the president has continued to vent his frustration with the attorney general, the people said.
We’ll have to wait and see how this all plays out, but some political observers are treating it as a foregone conclusion that Sessions is on the way out. As such, names are beginning to be bandied about as potential replacements.
Among the names being floated as possible Sessions replacements are Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, according to people familiar with the conversations.
Giuliani dismissed a report mentioning his name as a possible attorney general and told CNN that Sessions “made the right decision under the rules of the Justice Department” to recuse himself. He did not return a message seeking comment.
In a statement released late Monday, Cruz said he is “deeply gratified that we have a principled conservative like Jeff Sessions serving as Attorney General. The stories being reported in the media tonight are false. My focus is and will remain on fighting every day to defend 28 million Texans in the U.S. Senate.”
While Cruz is rightfully deferring due to the fact that Sessions is still in place, it’s hard to see him passing on such a high-profile gig if Trump comes a calling.
Cruz is a passionate defender of the constitution that has never shown even the slightest inclination of backing down in the face of criticism, so he may actually fit in quite well in the Trump administration.
That being said, there were a ton of stones tossed in both directions during last year’s Republican primary, so it’ll be awfully interesting to see if that’s presented as water under the bridge if these rumors have wings.
Source: Washington Post