There is little question that some in the media love to drive wedges between President Donald Trump and those who surround and support him. As such, it was no surprise that reports of increasing friction between Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are being played up in the media.
After Trump made the commonsense observation that he likely would have picked someone else for the job if he had known Sessions would recuse himself on the Russia investigation — which opened the door to the ever-expanding Special Counsel investigation — there are now reports that Trump is considering replacing Sessions with someone he had initially considered for the top spot at the Justice Department.
According to Axios, Trump has reportedly floated the idea among his inner White House circle of replacing Sessions with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, ostensibly to more aggressively investigate and potentially prosecute failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other assorted “swamp” monsters in Washington.
A Monday morning tweet from the president seemed to indicate as much. “So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?” asked Trump.
So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2017
Sessions could certainly be described as “beleaguered” — suffering or being subjected to constant or repeated trouble or harassment — though it has often been at the hands of Democrats rather than the president.
The New York Post noted that Giuliani, one of Trump’s earliest and most ardent supporters, had been among the handful of potential attorneys general that Trump had considered during the transition period.
However, Giuliani ultimately removed his name from consideration for a cabinet position in December, apparently after finding out he wouldn’t be named as secretary of state, the position he reportedly desired the most.
To be sure, it isn’t all that uncommon for Trump — or any other president or successful business leader for that matter — to openly consider making personnel changes from time to time, even if those suggested changes are never acted upon. This could be done for a variety of reasons, such as to inspire motivation or to simply float a trial balloon to gauge reactions.
That said, Giuliani wouldn’t be the worst person to serve as head of the Justice Department, and his history of being tough on organized crime and corruption would seemingly make him a great fit to go after the alleged crime racket known as the Clinton Foundation, not to mention the various swamp creatures gumming up the works and stymieing Trump’s agenda in Washington.
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H/T The Hill