WASHINGTON, July 30, 2017 – Currently there is a vacancy at the Department of Homeland Security, after President Donald Trump named General John Kelly as the White House Chief of Staff.
With Reince Priebus gone, political insiders believe that Pres. Trump would move Attorney General Jeff Sessions into the role of Secretary of Homeland Security, in an attempt to find someone who would do what President Trump wants him to do.
President Trump recently lashed out against Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia meddling investigation.
As secretary of Homeland Security, Sessions could continue his incredible work at curbing illegal immigration, which would give the president the opportunity to nominate someone else who would then later fire Robert Mueller.
Former presidential candidate and Senator Lindsey Graham has spoken out about this possible reshuffling saying:
“DHS Secretary Jeff Sessions doesn’t sound right, doesn’t feel right. AG Jeff Sessions has a good ring to it. Highly qualified, committed to the rule of law, tough on crime, and fiercely independent.”
Moving Jeff Sessions to the DHS in an attempt to disrupt the Russia probe was blasted by Democratic strategist and former Hillary Clinton staffer Zac Petkanas who said it would be met with “mass resistance.”
Kelly will remain at DHS until Monday and deputy secretary Elaine Duke will then become acting secretary. The president will then tap a new leader for the department.
It’s unclear who Trump will nominate but many names have been floated around including Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Thomas Homan, Immigration and Customs Enforcement director and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Politico was one of the first to report that White House staffers believe the position will go to Jeff Sessions.
However, appointing a new Attorney General would allow for some serious house cleaning. A new AG would be able to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has created massive problems for Trump’s agenda.
Also, Trump could possibly end up making a recess appointment to install a new Attorney General. Trump’s decision could be defended by the Democrats stonewalling some of Trump’s political appointees.
Senator Chuck Grassley tweeted out that Congress would not confirm another AG in 2017.
Everybody in D.C. Shld b warned that the agenda for the judiciary Comm is set for rest of 2017. Judges first subcabinet 2nd / AG no way
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 27, 2017
Trump’s attempted firing of Muller could be a disaster as past history has shown us.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon caused both Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy AG William Ruckelshaus to resign after Nixon tried to get them to fire the special prosecutor investigating Watergate.