Monday, June 11, 2018

Will Judge Jeanine replace Jeff Sessions?

The rumor mill is working overtime in the Trump administration. The latest scuttlebutt is that Judge Jeanine Pirro of the Fox News Network is looking to return to jurisprudence but not in any courtroom, in the role of attorney general replacing Jeff "I Recuse Myself" Sessions.

According to a report by Politico released Thursday, Pirro, a former Westchester County, New York district attorney and judge wants to replace Sessions who heads the Justice Department. The report states that she has repeatedly told President Trump's aides and advisers for the past year and a half that she is interested in taking over as the country's top law enforcement official, as stated by four people familiar with the conversations.

"Trump has dangled the possibility of giving her a top appointment. During a November meeting in the Oval Office, the president raised the possibility of nominating Pirro to a federal judgeship, according to a former administration official, though this person added that Trump was more likely engaging in flattery than seriously considering putting  Pirro on the bench."

Her colleagues at Fox evidently "laughed" at the idea of her getting a senior position within the Trump administration, but the way the president appears to operate, I wouldn't put it past him.

Even Politico mentioned that Trump has "demonstrated a penchant for bringing cable news stars into his administration--most recently tapping CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow to be his top economic adviser."

And let's not forget that Trump used Kim Kardashian West as his prison reform adviser.

Trump has been publicly critical of Sessions over his recusal with the Russia investigation and being the catalyst for the Mueller clown car act. Most recently, Trump made it once again clear that he wouldn't have chosen Sessions if he had known about his meetings with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

Who are we kidding--Trump loves theater and Jeanine Pirro would be an added attraction to his administration. So don't count her out, in spite of the blowback Trump may get from many Republicans.

Remember, Sessions was a staunch Trump supporter due to his immigration stance, and he gave up his seat in the Senate to join his administration. A seat he would have likely held until retirement but which fell to the Democrats in the Roy Moore washout.

In a way, I hope Pirro stays put--Trump has more important things on his Big Mac.

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