In a desperate attempt to keep Alabama’s Senate seat in the Republican column, two White House officials have suggested that Attorney General Jeff Sessions be removed from office so he can be re-appointed to his old Alabama Senate seat to avoid it being filled by disgraced candidate Roy Moore, the New York Times reports.
According to The Times, the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said separately that Sessions could be removed from office and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey immediately re-appoint him. This move would both ensure that Moore does not get elected and that they don’t lose the Republican advantage if Democratic challenger Doug Jones wins the seat.
“Sessions remains highly popular among Alabama Republicans,” the report notes.”But his relationship with President Trump has waned since he recused himself from the investigation of the role that Russia played in last year’s campaign.”
As noted MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, if Sessions were to be fired or resign from the AG’s office, Trump would then be able to appoint someone who would not recuse themselves from the Russia investigations, therefore making it easier to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The revelation follows a report that a fifth woman has come forward accusing Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.