After Donald Trump won the election, it was rumored that Rudy Giuliani would be the Attorney General. Clearly, Giuliani could have had any job in the Trump Administration he wanted, but Rudy had some business ties that could be considered a conflict of interest and withdrew his name.
Recently, it appears as though President Trump is not happy with AG Jeff Sessions. Especially since he recused himself from the Russian collusion investigation.
Sessions has said that he will stay on as long as the President wants him, although Trump has mentioned to higher ups in his Administration that Giuliani would have been a better choice.
Rumors abound that the President is floating possible replacements for Sessions, and the list includes Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
While some are surprised that Trump would consider Cruz, he is more than qualified to fill the role. Cruz graduated from Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk for William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States. From there, Cruz went on to be appointed Solicitor General of Texas.
Cruz hasn’t always agreed with Trump in the past, and he’s been somewhat of a polarizing figure in the Senate. Based solely on that, Cruz could easily get through Senate confirmation hearings.
So, why not Cruz?
Allen B. West reports:
Just a few months into his time as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions’ days at the Justice Department appear to be numbered. In a recent New York Times interview, President Trump expressed regret about appointing Sessions to the job. Citing him recusing himself from the Russia investigation, Trump has not backed down from his comments in the days since.
Although Sessions has expressed that he will stay on as long as the president wants, speculation on his imminent firing has increased in the last few days.