Giuliani: Sessions Made the Right Decision on Recusal

The internet was abuzz this morning with rumors that Donald Trump was seeking to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replace him with campaign surrogate and former NYC mayor, Rudy Giuliani.

As if to announce he is not in the running for Attorney General, Giuliani had this to say in a brief interview he gave to CNN:

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday swatted away a report that he is a contender to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and said Sessions made the right decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

Giuliani said there is no truth to a report by Axios that said Trump has recently raised the possibility of tapping Giuliani to replace Sessions, whom the President referred to as “beleaguered” on Monday, days after publicly rebuking Sessions for recusing himself from the federal investigation into Russian election meddling in the 2016 campaign.

Sessions “made the right decision under the rules of the Justice Department” in recusing himself from the investigation, Giuliani told CNN on Monday after landing at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

This entire rumor was bizarre from just about every standpoint. The very idea that the Senate would confirm any known Trump ally to be Attorney General in this political environment–especially when the dissatisfaction with Sessions stems from the Russia probe–is risible. The idea that Rudy Giuliani could make it through the vetting and confirmation process requires flights of fancy. The entire story, if not manufactured from whole cloth, only makes sense if enemies of Sessions are trying to push him out of office. It makes no sense at all, strategically or tactically, for Trump to force Sessions out and be made to accept a milquetoast GOP establishment type as a replacement as the price for a confirmation hearing.