Is President Donald J. Trump considering replacing former Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, now the president’s chief of staff, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions? That’s a distinct possibility, according to a longtime confidante of the president who is not currently working in the White House, Lifezette reported.
Though the appointment would be highly controversial and draw fire from both Democrats and Republicans, it would nevertheless serve two key Trump objectives: moving Sessions out of the Justice Department, and putting someone in at DHS who is a hawk when it comes to the issue of immigration enforcement.
That Trump would still be considering asking Sessions to make the move is a sign of the degree to which the president remains bothered by the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian hacking of Democratic computers in 2016 and Sessions’ recusal on the matter.
A top Trump advisor said the president is having a “spirited discussion” about making the move.
Last week, former Bush top aide and press secretary Dana Perino said she did not see what most others saw last week — more chaotic shake-ups in the Trump White House after the president replaced Reince Priebus as chief of staff with Kelly.
Instead, she said she sees a masterful political chess match unfolding, with Trump setting the strategy, The National Sentinel reported.
“I’m gonna go out and say this: I think that this was all set up for a few weeks because the president has been so upset about Jeff Sessions and his recusal in the Russia investigation that the Republicans and conservatives that came to Jeff Sessions’ defense this week all said, ‘But he’s doing the best on the issue we care about the most and that is immigration,’” she said.
“Well, where can Jeff Sessions do even more on immigration? As the Secretary of Homeland Security,” she continued. “So I think what they’re going to try to do is move Sessions over to DHS, and then how can conservatives complain?”
As The Blaze noted further:
According to Perino, the high-profile resignations, moves and hires are all part of a well-orchestrated plan that was thought out weeks in advance so that Trump could remove Attorney General Jeff Sessions from his post at the Department of Justice.
Trump has publicly stated his frustrations over Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in last year’s election, which includes accusations that Trump’s campaign “colluded” with Russian operatives.
Still, while moving Sessions to Homeland Security would be considered a win by immigration hardliners in the GOP, it would also touch off another firestorm within Congress and especially the media. Some Republican senators, in particular, have made it very clear that they want Trump to keep Sessions on as AG.
Still, Lifezette said that Trump’s decision to keep Sessions in the administration would temper some of the anger. “You’re not firing him,” said the informal advisor. “You’re moving him.” (Related: Sessions vows to crack down on leakers of classified information and may FORCE traitor “journalists” to reveal sources.)
Trump has also become increasingly frustrated with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia. The president told The New York Times recently that if Mueller decided to begin looking into Trump finances, that might constitute the crossing of a “red line” because the investigation is “supposed to be about Russia.” Reports noted shortly thereafter that Mueller’s probe had indeed widened to investigate Trump financial dealings in Russia.
FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.
According to one former federal prosecutor, that’s not appropriate.
“This information is deeply concerning to me,” said Matthew Whitaker, a CNN legal commentator and former U.S. attorney who directs the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust.
“It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else,” he added.
Some are speculating that Trump wants to move Sessions out of the DoJ so he can move in someone who will fire Mueller or seriously curtail his investigation.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.