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July 25, 2017

"Could Lyin' Ted replace 'beleagured' Jeff? Trump is 'openly considering removing Attorney General Sessions and could replace him with former enemy Cruz"

The title of this post is the headline of this press report that amusingly captures the latest crazy news from inside the Beltway.  Here are the basics:

Ted Cruz is reportedly near the top of Donald Trump's list of choices to potentially replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general.  Cruz, who was regularly mocked by Trump during the Republican primaries and nicknamed 'Lyin' Ted' by the then-candidate, could find himself taking Sessions' spot if the former Alabama representative resigns or is fired, the Washington Post reports.

Trump would reportedly be willing to make the Texan the country's chief law enforcement officer despite him having last year revived a rumor linking Cruz's father, Rafael, to Lee Harvey Oswald and the JFK assassination.

However, Cruz was quick to distance himself from the speculation on Monday night, releasing a statement that said he is 'deeply gratified that we have a principled conservative like Jeff Sessions serving as Attorney General.  He added: 'The stories being reported in the media tonight are false. My focus is and will remain on fighting every day to defend 28 million Texans in the US Senate.'

Another name reportedly under consideration is former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.  Giuliani denied he is in the running for the role, which reportedly is on the cusp of being available due to Trump's desire to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and bring the Russia investigation into his presidential campaign to an end, according to the Post.

Senator Cruz has in the not-so-distant past been a supporter of some federal sentencing reforms for nonviolent drug offenders (such as Smarter Sentencing Act) and also for allowing states to set their own marijuana policies. Generally speaking, because just about any new AG would likely be more supportive of sentencing reform than AG Sessions, advocates of modern sentencing reforms should be rooting for the President to make a change here. But, personally, I still think a change is pretty unlikely.

UPDATE: Prez Trump today criticized AG Sessions yet again, but has not yet indicated plans to fire him. And this Daily Beast article highlights why no one should expect AG Sessions to retire. The piece is headlined "Jeff Sessions Is Growing ‘Pissed’ at Trump, His Allies Say. And He Doesn’t Plan to Quit." Here is a snippet:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has no plans to leave office, as friends say he’s grown angry with President Donald Trump following a series of attacks meant to marginalize his power and, potentially, encourage his resignation. “Sessions is totally pissed off about it,” said a Sessions ally familiar with his thinking. “It’s beyond insane. It’s cruel and it’s insane and it’s stupid.”

Sessions’ allies say the president’s criticism of the attorney general is counterproductive. Perhaps more than any other member of Trump’s Cabinet, Sessions has been an uncompromising advocate for Trump’s agenda. The attorney general has worked methodically to dismantle Obama’s legacy at the Justice Department: reconsidering the department’s efforts to make troubled police departments change their practices, changing the DOJ’s stance on voter-ID lawsuits, and rolling back former Attorney General Eric Holder’s sentencing guidelines that were aimed at reduced incarceration and balancing out drug-crime-related punishments....

“He’s not going anywhere,” said another Sessions ally. “He is not going to resign. What he is accomplishing is way too important to the country.”

Rather than quit, Sessions insiders predict the attorney general will call Trump’s bluff. And unlike other members of Trump’s Cabinet, he has political wiggle room to do so. Trump’s base of support — immigration restrictionists, rank-and-file law-enforcement officials, and states’ rights conservatives — were Sessions’ fans before they flocked to the president. They may very well scoff at the idea that the administration would be better off without its AG. Sessions also enjoys continued support in the Senate, where he served for a decade. On Tuesday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) pushed back on Trump’s attacks and called the president’s encouragement that Sessions prosecute Hillary Clinton over her email use “highly inappropriate.”

July 25, 2017 at 03:23 AM | Permalink

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Meh

Posted by: Docile/Kind Soul® in OR | Jul 25, 2017 5:23:26 AM

I advised someone to go into the money storage business for marijuana businesses in Pennsylvania. I told them, they would have 8 years of exclusion from the banking system of a $billion marijuana industry, under Sessions. I took back that advice after Trump's comments.

Posted by: David Behar | Jul 25, 2017 7:46:22 AM

The news here is that Trump is looking for someone who as Attny General would fire Mueller and stop the investigation. Assuming that is the main qualification for the job, any marginal sentencing reform is a minor issue compared to the political storm that would follow Mueller's firing.

Along with Trump investigating his pardon power, this suggests genuine concern about what is going to be found and charged.

Posted by: Paul | Jul 25, 2017 8:44:19 AM

The Republican party that gave us Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt has now given us Donald Trump, the root of whose name means deceiver. How are the mighty fallen! Trump: the liar-in-chief, charlatan in chief, the misogynist in chief, Russian shill in chief, egomaniac in chief, groper in chief, the golden shower recipient in chief. What an embarassment for the country, for the world. He demands loyalty, yet betrays everyone who doesn't bow and kiss his ring.

Posted by: Emily | Jul 25, 2017 9:29:42 AM

"Russian shill in chief"--ha ha ha--Trump is a jerk, no doubt, but unlike Hillary, who hid her dealings as SoS on a private server, he is advancing US interests, not his own personal ones.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 25, 2017 10:14:53 AM

Emily. Try to calm down. Do you own any asset? It jumped 17% in value November 9. Thank the majority of real Americans who elected Trump, for the likely best day of your financial career.

Mueller and the rest, are the response of the elite, to derail, the agenda and the subject of the election. I support his immediate firing. The Trump legal team is using my repeatedly proposed tactic of investigating the investigators and prosecutors. They are all Democratic Party hacks and partisan attack dogs who have unethically failed to recuse themselves for their intense hatred of Trump. Though the Trump lawyers are not allowed to threaten ethics charges, members of the public are.

Posted by: David Behar | Jul 25, 2017 10:29:39 AM

Federalist agrees that trump is a "jerk," but asserts that, unlike Hillary, she is advancing US interests, not his own personal ones." I disagree. Almost everything he has done to date is an effort to hide his and his family's indebtedness to Russian oligarchs. He has undermined the rule of law, denigrated the justice department, denigrated our intelligence agencies. Such things hardly advance U.S. interests. Trump is a man-child, a four year old. His is very unstable.

Posted by: sarah | Jul 25, 2017 11:07:42 AM

I have a hard time believing that anyone holding a position of significant power would be willing to throw that away to replace Sessions if Trump actually were to fire Sessions this quick.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Jul 25, 2017 11:43:43 AM

sarah, Hillary Clinton evaded the Federal Records Act and expose classified materials to the prying eyes of foreign intelligence services just so she could pursue her own political interests as a Cabinet member--Trump has done nothing of the sort. Dem icon Ted "Chappaquiddick" Kennedy tried to coordinate his campaign with Soviets.

Libs have zero business criticizing President Trump for anything.

Trump's policies are a disaster for the Russians.

And as for undermining the rule of law, check out the Times today on what the Obama Admin did to Fannie/Freddie.

Our intel agencies are leaking like sieves to undermine the democratic process--they deserve to be denigrated.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 25, 2017 12:25:40 PM

"I have a hard time believing that anyone holding a position of significant power would be willing to throw that away to replace Sessions if Trump actually were to fire Sessions this quick."

You took the words right out of my mouth. One doesn't give up a US Senate seat just to be fired six months later. If Trump does that then he can forget about recruiting anyone with a proven track record ever again.

Posted by: Daniel | Jul 25, 2017 12:36:34 PM

Look at these lawyers getting upset. I consider Trump to be weak. Look out for the next guy, when nothing has changed after 8 years of Trump.

I have proposed the arrests, one hour fair trials of the entire lawyer hierarchy for insurrection against the constitution, to be followed by executions in the court basement upon reading of the guilty verdict. Put down these 25000 internal traitors, making 99% of policy, no matter who the elected figurehead is. Anyone who cannot support these prosecutions should find support for judicial review in Article III. I have its prohibition in Article I Section 1. Because of the forbearance of the lawyers in the legislatures, they need to go, as accomplices in this insurrection. I read Prof. Berman's book on Sentencing. He does not cover sentencing for treason, for some reason. Perhaps, he can in future editions. It will be a very important topic in the future.

Real Americans will realize that in a few years. They will support the draining of the sewer. I used the word, sewer, for years, here. The sewer is where the lawyers live. Trump started using it at the Boy Scout meeting, one notes.

Posted by: David Behar | Jul 25, 2017 1:09:17 PM

"Libs have zero business criticizing President Trump for anything."

We can rely on the non-liberals. Got enough of them out there doing it.

This sort of "no you" business is a bit silly. Let's judge what is happening now, regarding those in power (and alive). Let's determine if such and such person is "advancing US interests, not his own personal one."

Let the facts there be placed in front a candid world. OTOH, a liberal said that.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 25, 2017 1:50:17 PM

"Our intel agencies are leaking like sieves to undermine the democratic process--they deserve to be denigrated."

What was that last word? I do not appreciate the racially charged remark. The entire country was in the past 2 elections.

Leakers in the intelligence community deserve to be executed, for treason. Does anyone think leaks would continue after execution #1, then #2? Fast track them. Brennan, a well known Communist sympathizer, and CIA Chief under Obama, has called for a military coup in the US. His people have not been purged from the CIA or other parts of the deep state. Luckily, our military love our current President, and hate the Brennan's President.

Posted by: David Behar | Jul 25, 2017 1:54:43 PM

Sessions isn't going anywhere.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 25, 2017 1:59:32 PM

Federalist, you carry on so about Hillary,you would think she was president. It's Trump who's in charge now. Harry Truman said, "the buck stops here." Trump says, "the buck stops.....there."

Posted by: Dave from Texas | Jul 25, 2017 6:45:41 PM

Donald's just too much of a cowardly bully to fire Sessions outright. Just like how he's too much of a coward to let Americans see his tax returns. I have concluded that Trump's organization IS a money laundering scheme for the Russian oligarchs mob and has been since at least the 90s. If he was actually innocent, he wouldn't be scared shitless at the news with Deutsche Bank handing Mueller his business transactions with them. No big deal, other than it was that Deutsche recently got slapped with a $10 billion fine for letting Russian oligarchs (under sanction no less) to get away with illegal stock-trading. Too many coincidences between the Russian oligarchs, their mobsters, and sham businessmen like Trump.

Posted by: Dave from Texas | Jul 25, 2017 8:31:11 PM

I see a July 26 poll says that "Roughly half of voters who said they voted for Donald Trump last November, 49 percent, believe Trump won the popular vote, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll." Add to this that more than 75 percent of Trump voters do not believe in evolution; more than 90 percent do not believe in climate change, and, believe it or not, more than 90% do not believe in gravity. I conclude from these polls that the only thing more pathetic than Trump are those who voted for him.

Posted by: anon12 | Jul 26, 2017 10:53:20 AM

Anon12 is elitist and silly. Personal attack is all the left has. The facts abandoned it 100 years ago. Anon12, move to Venezuela to live in your left wing paradise. They solved the toilet paper shortage. They have a bread shortage.

Posted by: David Behar | Jul 26, 2017 11:44:35 AM

So, transgender folks are voluntarily fighting and dying for us in Iraq and Afghanistan, and draft-dodger Trump says by ipse dixit: they can't do that. What a feckless, blowhard, coward.

Posted by: Dave from Texas | Jul 26, 2017 2:53:49 PM

I agree that Trump has somewhat changed Truman's motto. Instead of "The buck stops here,"
Trump's is "The buck stops out there somewhere, but definitely not here."

Posted by: Anne from Iowa | Jul 26, 2017 2:56:16 PM

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