Rumors are flying, and it looks like Jeff Sessions’ days as Attorney General could be numbered.
President Trump has been frustrated with Jeff Sessions almost from day one.
The ink was not even dry on his new appointment when Sessions stated that he was going to recuse himself from the Russian investigation.
For some reason, this was never discussed during the interviewing stage and Trump naturally assumed Sessions would be manning the helm.
When Sessions did announce he was recusing himself, Trump lost it and it has been all downhill since.
While the Russia investigation has been a constant nuisance for the president, numerous other decisions Sessions has made have aggravated Trump.
For one, his inability to get law enforcement in all states on board with the immigration program.
That and more has caused Trump to call out Sessions publicly on more than one occasion.
It almost seemed as though Trump was trying to pressure Sessions into resigning.
Even though he has been under immense pressure, Sessions has given no signs of even thinking about resigning.
With Sessions staying on, it now seems as though the relationship has come to a head for Trump and he is no longer willing to wait for Sessions to resign.
According to White House officials and outside advisers, five names are being floated as possible replacements for Sessions, the Journal reported. The potential candidates are:
- Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar
- Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan
- Transportation Department general counsel Steven Bradbury
- Retired D.C. circuit appeals court judge Janice Rogers Brown
- Former Attorney General Bill Barr
These names were reported by sources after it was leaked President Trump discussed the Attorney General position with Jeff Sessions’ Chief of Staff, Matthew Whitaker.
The Trump administration has generally been very quick to quash bogus rumors, but nothing has been said thus far to deny this one. However, White House officials say it’s unlikely that Sessions would be replaced until after the midterm elections, at the soonest.