3 Possible Replacements for AG Sessions if he Returns to the Senate

By NTK Staff | 11.14.2017 @12:01pm
3 Possible Replacements for AG Sessions if he Returns to the Senate

Lindsey Graham, Scott Pruitt, and David Clarke are all possible nominees to be the next Attorney General if Jeff Sessions returns to the Senate.

Rumors are swirling around a possible return to the Senate for Attorney General Jeff Sessions following accusations that the Republican nominee in the Alabama Senate race, Roy Moore, sexually assaulted minors in the past.

Moore has denied the accusations against him and has refused to drop out of the race, which has caused a dilemma for many Senate Republicans who see Moore as unfit to serve in the Senate following these accusations.

With Moore refusing to drop out the race, Republicans are now considering mounting a write-in campaign featuring Sessions, who has a high name ID in the state, and many Republican strategists believe that with the support of President Trump, Sessions could defeat both Moore and the Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

This would leave a vacancy though at the Department of Justice that Trump would need to immediately fill.

So who could replace Sessions as attorney general?

1) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

Before joining the United States Senate Graham, “logged six-and-a-half years of service on active duty as an Air Force lawyer.” After leaving active duty, Graham returned to South Carolina and became a small-town trial lawyer.

Graham, who has been a vocal critic of President Trump at times, would likely receive bipartisan support if nominated, and coming from a red state like South Carolina would mean that Republicans wouldn’t have to worry about a Democrat taking Graham’s seat.

2) Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt

Before becoming EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt served for six years as attorney general of Oklahoma, where he built a reputation fighting then-President Barack Obama’s regulatory agenda.

The Senate confirmed Pruitt “by a vote of 52-46, winning support from Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.”

If Trump nominated Pruitt, he wouldn’t have to worry about an election to replace Pruitt, which can be risky even in the reddest of states as Republicans are learning in Alabama.

3) Sheriff of Milwaukee County, David Clarke

Sheriff David Clarke might be something of an outside the box pick for Trump, but then again, Trump is nothing if not unpredictable.

Clarke, who is a registered Democrat despite many of his political views aligning with those of Republicans, is a vocal critic of Planned Parenthood and Black Lives Matter while being a vocal supporter of the Second Amendment.

During the 2016 presidential election, Clarke was an outspoken supporter of Trump even speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

If Trump does nominate Clarke, however, past controversies that have plagued the sheriff throughout his career might make it difficult for the Republican-controlled Senate to confirm Clarke.

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