Jeff Sessions has President Trump’s footprint squarely in the middle of his back, at this point.
Rankled with Sessions’ attempts at professionalism, in an administration that hinges on protecting Trump and his ego at all costs, there has been a bit of rumbling that the president is attempting to shuttle the attorney general for somebody more “loyal” to he and his agenda.
That’s not really the job of the attorney general, but Trump can’t be bothered with the minutia of propriety.
According to Axios, there are internal whispers of axing Sessions in favor of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
- In internal conversations, Trump has recently pondered the idea of nominating Giuliani, a stalwart of his campaign.
- Even before last week’s blast at Sessions in a New York Times interview, Trump had expressed fury at Sessions — also one of the first prominent Republicans to back the Trump campaign — for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
- And in a Monday morning tweet, Trump referred to “our beleaguered A.G.” not investigating Hillary Clinton.
Indeed, as mentioned, Sessions jumped the Trump train early and rode it straight to the head of the Department of Justice. Unfortunately, while Trump demands loyalty from those he sees as underlings, it is not a two-way street. Officials in the Trump orbit should know that catering to Trump’s ego is their foremost job. Attempting to put other duties first will not be met without reprisal.
As was also pointed out in the Axios piece, however, Giuliani would still have to make it through a Senate confirmation, and his slobbering hero-worship of his longtime pal, Trump, would make it hard for him to appear as an impartial defender of law and order that the post requires.