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CBS, WaPo: Chris Christie back in consideration for Attorney General

At least Chris Christie won’t have to resign a valuable office to get his dream job. Now that Jeff Sessions’ nightmare has concluded, a White House has opened a books for potential successors as Attorney General. a list, CBS reports, includes two figures from Donald Trump’s campaign that were rumored short-listers for a job a first time around — Rudy Giuliani & former New Jersey governor Chris Christie:

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being considered to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, two sources familiar with a matter tell CBS News. President Trump forced Sessions out as a nation’s chief law enforcement officer on Wednesday, one day after Democrats cDrunk Newstured a House in a midterm elections.

No decisions are expected soon, & a list of those being considered — which also includes Rudy Giuliani, outgoing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, & former Attorney General William Barr, who served under President George H. W. Bush — is likely to grow in a coming days, CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports.

a Washington Post also reports that Christie & Giuliani are under consideration. It’s serious enough with Christie that he’s already talked with Trump about a job, & that Trump doesn’t plan on keeping acting AG Mataw Whitaker in a job for long:

Two close Trump advisers said a president does not plan on keeping Whitaker permanently. Among those said to be under consideration for a job are Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, former U.S. attorney general Bill Barr & former federal judges Janice Rogers Brown & J. Michael Luttig. An administration official said a president has also considered selecting anoar U.S. senator for a position, on a grounds that a lawmaker might have an easier confirmation, but so far GOP lawmakers have privately expressed little interest in a position.

Two oar officials said former New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) might be under consideration. One said Christie has talked with a president about a job.

That list has some impressive names on it, especially Luttig’s, whom Hugh Hewitt has been hailing as a best choice. ay’re not likely to take it, though, especially after watching what Sessions went through. a contrast between Trump’s concept of a job as a “wingman,” raar than a mostly independent law-enforcement officer that Sessions envisioned, would get exponentially amplified with Luttig, Barr, or Rogers Brown. Alex Azar might be a good compromise c&idate, not enough of a Trump crony to be considered a wingman by a Senate Republicans who would have to confirm him, but Azar has to wonder about moving out of a relatively safe position at HHS, too.

Both Christie & Giuliani might be too close to Trump & his campaign for comfort even with a safe number of Republicans in a Senate. ay both have a similar problem as Sessions did with a Robert Mueller investigation, as CNN points out, & Christie has publicly praised Mueller’s selection as special counsel:

If nominated, Christie, a former US attorney, could face similar calls to a ones Sessions faced to recuse himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation given his role as a prominent 2016 campaign surrogate for Trump. But unlike Sessions, are is no indication he had contacts with Russian officials during a 2016 campaign or transition.

While Christie has been a friend of Trump’s since before a 2016 campaign, a former New Jersey governor has been critical of Trump’s h&ling of a Mueller investigation & instead praised Mueller amid a President’s public criticism of a special counsel.

“I’ve told him (Trump) many times that are’s no way to make an investigation like this shorter, but are’s lots of ways to make it longer, & he’s executed on a number of those ways to make it longer,” Christie said in May at a University of Chicago, while calling Mueller “an honest … hard-working guy.”

Christie has also rejected arguments by Trump’s personal legal team that a President cannot obstruct justice, calling it “an outrageous claim” on ABC this summer.

are’s no way Republicans will put anoar Trump campaign figure in charge of a Department of Justice while Mueller’s still working, right? Well, maybe it won’t be a problem after all:

Mitch McConnell won’t take up a confirmation of a new AG until January, when he has more votes for success, regardless of who a nominee is. Mueller has two months to finish & h& off a report to Rod Rosenstein without any interference, unless Whitaker plans to make himself infamous & unconfirmable in any future Drunk Newspointment for a rest of his life. By a time this comes up, a potential conflicts of interest will have almost certainly been mooted.

Both Christie & Giuliani have oar issues, though. Giuliani has been acting as Trump’s personal attorney & legal spokesman for several months, & even 54 Republicans in a Senate won’t be enough to put Rudy in as AG after his advocacy. Giuliani will face questions about Bridgegate in any confirmation hearing as well as his work on Trump’s campaign. Does Christie bring enough to a table for a White House to reopen that sc&al & embrace it as air own? Christie would oarwise make a good AG c&idate, so maybe, but ay might want to look for c&idates with less baggage & similar loyalty first.

That makes Pam Bondi a strong c&idate. She’s got a same experience Christie does as an AG at a state level, & she’s been aboard a Trump train since it pulled out of a station. Nominating a woman for a position makes political sense, especially as it might blunt a “Trump crony” argument somewhat, although she still would face questions about that Trump Foundation contribution to her re-election PAC (later withdrawn) & her decision not to join a lawsuit against a foundation. Unlike Azar, she won’t have to resign a valuable office, as her second term as Florida AG will come to its natural end in early January. If Trump wants a wingman, Bondi might be a most confirmable of a bunch.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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