According to a senior Trump official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source isn’t authorized to speak on the record, Donald Trump has indicated that former New York mayor and top Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani is the favorite to be secretary of state in his administration, the Associated Press reported.
The official told AP “there’s no real competition for the job and that it’s the former New York mayor’s if he wants it.”
Giuliani said at a Wall Street Journal CEO Council event in Washington that he won’t be attorney general in Trump’s administration. That seems to confirm that he will be named Secretary of State.
Senior Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Justice Department to investigate Giuliani over the leaks from the FBI about its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email system.
Specifically, the lawmakers want to know how former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, an adviser to Donald Trump, obtained information about a letter FBI Director James Comey sent to Congress 11 days before the election, announcing that investigators had found new emails that might be “pertinent” to the Clinton case.
Giuliani appeared on “Fox & Friends” and confirmed that he had heard about Comey’s letter before it was sent, though he denied he had tried to disseminate the information.
“I did nothing to get it out, and I had no role in it,” he said. But he continued, “Did I hear about it? You’re darn right I heard about it, and I can’t even repeat the language that I heard from the former FBI agents.”
Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Judiciary Committee, wrote to the Justice Department inspector general on Friday afternoon asking him to investigate the source of the information to Giuliani.
Democrats also raised alarms Monday over the naming of Steve Bannon, executive chairman at Breitbart News, as President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the pick an “alarming signal” that Trump “remains committed to the hateful and divisive vision that defined his campaign.”