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Report: Trump Considers Replacing Sessions with Rudy Giuliani for AG

The saga over the ongoing Russia collusion investigation by independent counsel Robert Mueller continues with more dimensions that we can count.

The latest in the rumor mill concerns the possible resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Though President Trump refused Sessions’ offer to resign earlier this year, internal White House leaks indicate he’s willing to reconsider.

And that speculation also adds that Trump may go back to the well of campaign supporters and tap former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani to replace him.

Rudy was among Trump’s most ardent defenders during most difficult times in the presidential race.

And he has a reputation for strong leadership and loyalty, both of which Trump values ‘bigly’.

And in the present environment typified by staff shake-ups, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see Trump change the subject once again with a landmark resignation-nomination combo.

We’ll keep an eye on it.

Here’s more from Axios…

President Trump is so unhappy with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has raised the possibility of bringing back Rudolph Giuliani to head the Justice Department, according to West Wing confidants.

  • 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.

Our thought bubble: Trump often muses about possible personnel moves that he never makes, sometimes just to gauge the listener’s reaction. So the Giuliani balloon may go nowhere.

As Axios reported Saturday, Newt Gingrich — who also went all-in with the Trump campaign — may take a more visible, frequent role as a defender as Trump girds for battle with special counsel Bob Mueller.

Giuliani would have a tough time getting 50 Republicans senators to vote to confirm him. He was such an early and ardent Trump backer that he wouldn’t be seen as an independent guardian of the department in these tumultuous times.


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