The long, public breakup of President Donald J. Trump and embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions finally came to an end November 7, 2018. On this day after the mid-term elections, the former Senator from Alabama resigned his post at the request of the President according to the Washington Examiner.
One of Trump’s earliest and most ardent supporters, Sessions angered the President when he recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling of the 2016 elections. During his tumultuous tenure in the Trump administration, Sessions aggressively advanced the President’s tough stances on immigration and crime.
However, his efforts to push Trump’s policies weren’t enough to make up for Mueller’s out of control witch hunt. After the former Senator from Alabama’s ousting, the President quickly named Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, to be the acting Attorney General. While a permanent replacement hasn’t been named, many are encouraging Trump to act swiftly.
Here are five people the President should consider for Attorney General.
Trump would be hard-pressed to find a better candidate for his next Attorney General than retiring United States Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican – South Carolina. According to The Republican Standard, the President named Gowdy as a possible Attorney General in 2015. However, the Congressman, who endorsed Marco Rubio in the 2016 Republican Primary, maintained he wanted to retain his congressional seat. The Congressman, who’s known for his ever changing hairstyles, is a former fiery prosecutor.
In his role as Chairman of the House Select Committee on Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya, Gowdy valiantly investigated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In fact, this committee was partly responsible for uncovering the existence of the former first lady’s private e-mail server, which contained thousands of official and classified correspondence. While Clinton was campaigning for President in 2016, Gowdy was calling for her to be prosecuted.
Once a foe of the President, United States Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican – South Carolina, has slowly become one of his biggest supporters. Memorably, Graham bullishly defended Judge Brett Kavanagh with an impassioned speech at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on September 27, 2018.
According to the Washington Examiner, “Lindsey Graham 2.0” can “be a more effective version of Sessions, minus the hardline political baggage and the wrath of Trump.” If Graham became the next Attorney General, many feel outgoing Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley would be the perfect person to fill his Senate seat.
Janice Rogers Brown
Janice Rogers Brown is a former United States circuit judge. Known for her allegiance to proponents of limited government, Rogers would be a great selection to advance the rights of private property owners and taxpayers. The former circuit judge is also qualified to continue Sessions’ work on crime.
A consummate conservative, United States Senator Mike Lee of Utah, was on Trump’s list of potential people to fill the Supreme Court seat now held by Judge Kavanagh. Currently serving his second senate term, Lee served as a clerk for Samuel Alito, when he was a circuit-court magistrate and after he was named to the Supreme Court, and for federal judge Dee Benson.
The Senator also privately practiced appellate and Supreme Court litigation with the law firm of Sidley & Austin. Lee is an even-tempered, die-hard constitutionalist who would ensure the law of the land is carried out.
Former President Barack H. Obama first appointed Thomas Homan as the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s, ICE’s, deportation operations. Homan swiftly demonstrated his tough stance on immigration and found acceptance within the Trump administration. John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, kept Homan from retiring when he offered him the top job at ICE. Unfortunately, Homan’s nomination stalled in the Senate.
While Homan has since retired, one can only wonder if he’d jump at the chance to become the next Attorney General due to his good working relationship with the President. If he is nominated, Homan would likely have a much easier time getting confirmed in the Senate this time around due to the seats Republicans picked up in the mid-term election.
Obviously, the selection of the next Attorney General is a hugely important decision. Either of the aforementioned options could serve the President well. As for Sessions, he may want to run for his old Senate seat against Doug Jones, Democrat – Alabama, in 2020. In retrospect, he probably shouldn’t have ever left it.