White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Tuesday there is a “level of tension” between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, lending credence to the growing rumors that the president wants Sessions gone.
Scaramucci told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt he was “probably right” in saying it’s clear the president wants a new attorney general.
“I have an enormous amount of respect for the attorney general,” Scaramucci said, “but I know the president pretty well, and if there’s this level of tension in the relationship that’s public, you’re probably right.”
“But I don’t want to speak for the president on that because he’s a cabinet official,” Scaramucci added. “I sort of think that has to be between the president of the United States and a cabinet official.”
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) July 25, 2017
Scaramucci later said that Trump desires a sort of brotherly relationship with his attorney general, similar to the relationship President John F. Kennedy had with his attorney general and brother Robert Kennedy, and the relationship President Barack Obama had with his first attorney general, Eric Holder.
“I think the president, when he thinks about the architecture of his cabinet, I think he needs that sort of a relationship there,” Scaramucci said.
Perhaps most telling was Scaramucci’s follow-up question to Hewitt.
“Are you available to be the attorney general?” the White House communications director asked Hewitt.
Trump said in an interview with The New York Times last week that he would have never appointed Sessions to serve as attorney general if he had known the former Alabama senator would recuse himself from the Russian election interference investigations.
Since then, Trump has taken a very aggressive stance against Sessions.
Trump’s Tuesday morning tweetstorm included a jab against Sessions for his “VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes.”
On Monday, Trump questioned why the “beleaguered” Jeff Sessions wasn’t looking into “Crooked Hillary’s crimes & Russia relations.”
Over the weekend, Trump questioned why neither Sessions nor special counsel Robert Mueller are looking into the “many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes.”
The president’s public pressure campaign against Sessions has led many to speculate Trump is planning to bring in a new attorney general.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was being eyed as a possible replacement, as was former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Both said Monday they were not interested in the job.
Sessions said Thursday he will continue to serve as attorney general.
“I have the honor of serving as attorney general,” Sessions said during a news conference. “And I plan to continue to do so, as long as that is appropriate.”
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