President Donald Trump is not happy with his choice for Attorney General. He has been forced to use Twitter to communicate with his underling, who he has reportedly nicknamed “Mr. Magoo.” After Rex Tillerson was relieved of his post as Secretary of State earlier this week, Sessions is rumored to be next on the chopping block.
Vanity Fair released a report on Mar. 14 about Sessions being on the hot seat:
According to two Republicans in regular contact with the White House, there have been talks that Trump could replace Sessions with E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt, who would not be recused from overseeing the Russia probe. Also, as an agency head and former state attorney general, Pruitt would presumably have a good shot at passing a Senate confirmation hearing.
Sessions has been completely unwilling to reign in the Russian conspiracy probe, which so far has only been able to find Russians who posted on social media despite spending millions in resources and distracting from legitimate work for the FBI. Sessions has instead focused on his life-long crusade, the war on drugs. Civil asset forfeiture and marijuana interdiction have been ramped up under Sessions’ control.
The Vanity Fair article also talked about other people who may not be long for the administration including national security adviser H.R. McMaster. Trump believes McMaster is talking to Susan Rice, who served in the same role during the Obama administration and used that post to unmask Trump’s aides in the run-up to the 2016 election. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are also hanging on for dear life as they are under increased scrutiny after Kushner lost his security clearance.
“I’m really at a point where we’re getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want,” Trump said.
Trump is recalibrating for 2018, and that means we can expect many heads to roll in the upcoming months. The first of which may very well be “Mr. Magoo” of Alabama.
Originally Published at Populist Brief.