According to Axios, Donald Trump is reportedly considering replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Trump discussed the idea in internal discussions about bringing his close friend and ally into the folds of his administration, sources within the West Wing told Axios.
Before an interview last week with The New York Times, Trump had already expressed anger and frustration at Sessions for recusing himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election. During the interview, opined that Sessions’s decision to recuse himself was “unfair” to him and that he would’ve likely picked another person to lead the Justice Department if he had known Sessions would recuse himself.
Nevertheless, the leaks about Giuliani and Gingrich are revealing in four ways:
Trump wants to surround himself with enablers and junkyard dogs, as we saw with the selection of the pugilistic Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.
Presidents like the personnel equivalent of comfort food — people with whom they have a long, happy history. Presidents often find they can only really trust people they knew before they took office, since it’s hard to trust new people at the pinnacle of power.
Rudy and Newt were both overlooked in the first round of administration picks. By reviving some of his original band members, he’s able to blame other people for his problems.
And the West Wing conversations show that Trump originals can always come back. Paging Chris Christie!
In a tweet on Monday, Trump went after Sessions, calling him “beleaguered” and questioning why the attorney general and federal investigators are not looking into Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the presidential race and a former secretary of State, for her “crimes” and ties to Russia.
The report, however, comes after Trump tapped Anthony Scaramucci to serve as the White House communications director on Friday, leading Sean Spicer to resign as White House press secretary.
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