Next attorney general could come from Trump’s inner circle: Sources

Sources emphasized that the list is fluid, and that Trump is in no rush to name a permanent successor.

Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, is perhaps the most visible of the seven candidates. A longtime friend of Trump, Giuliani served as one of his closest aides on the campaign trail before joining his legal team in April, and since then he has made frequent cable news appearances as he represents the president amid ongoing discussions with the Mueller team.

Graham, who recently emerged as one of the president’s fiercest defenders and is expected to take over as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been rumored to be auditioning for the post for months, perhaps inspiring in part his vigorous defense of the president’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in September.

Whitaker, Sessions’ former chief of staff at the Department of Justice, has been tapped by Trump tapped to fill Sessions’ shoes on an interim basis, but sources said he is also a contender for the permanent job. He has already come under intense scrutiny, however, for his past statements criticizing Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Christie, who is now an ABC News contributor, was first a primary rival and then an early supporter of the Trump campaign and the initial leader of Trump’s presidential transition team. Christie met with Trump and his advisers at the White House on Thursday, sources said, where he had a previously-scheduled meeting on prison reform with Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Ratcliffe, a Republican from Texas, has been a vocal critic of the Mueller probe.

Also appearing on the list of hopefuls, according to sources, were Bondi, a longtime Trump ally who sources said was considered for a Justice Department position during the transition; Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H. W. Bush; and Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican who has been a vocal critic of the Mueller probe.


November 09, 2018

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