U.S. President Donald Trump floated the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
According to Axios, , the president reportedly suggested the switch during internal discussions about bringing more allies on board.
Prior to his interview with the New York Times just last week, Trump expressed his frustration with the U.S. Attorney General over his decision to recuse himself from the DOJ’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.
As he spoke with the Times, Trump asserted that Sessions’ decision was “unfair” to him and also said that he would’ve likely picked another person to lead the Justice Department if he had known Sessions would act in that way.
Trump also took to Twitter on Monday to attack Sessions — saying that he is “beleaguered,” but also questioning why both Sessions and congressional investigators are not looking into former Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton for her “crimes” and possible ties to Russia.
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
Trump frequently vents to White House officials about personnel moves, many times simply as a trial balloon to test the ideas out. If this is the case with Giuliani, the idea will likely not go past just that as any official would warn Trump against such an appointment.
Aside from introducing even more fuel into an already white hot Russia investigation, Giuliani is going to have a very uphill battle when it comes to his Senate confirmation as he was a very early, staunch Trump supporter. It is difficult to see how a majority of the U.S. Senate — which is already very concerned with Trump — is going to view the former New York Mayor as an independent head of the Justice Department.
As the investigation continues to intensify, the President is doing himself no favors by increasing his tweeting and lashing out against virtually all branches of government that are involved with the probe. His recent attacks on Sessions are unlikely to cause him to resign from his post. To the contrary, it is likely to come back and bite Trump. Additionally, the President’s attacks have significantly strengthened Sessions’ support within Congress, meaning that any attempt to fire him will be met with significant backlash.