Here are some of the likely options to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions now that multiple flags have seemingly been thrown on him for unstatesman-like conduct and he may be ejected from the game just after halftime in November. You can draft your top pick here. Follow FreeMartyG on Facebook here and Twitter here to participate in future polling. 

Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Age: 54
Law School: University of South Carolina School of Law
Current Bar Membership: South Carolina Bar

Representative Trey Gowdy seems like the top choice to fill a vacant Attorney General position with the balance of power in the Senate uncertain after the election. Though a recess appointment or replacing Sessions with an acting attorney general would be possibilities to work around Democratic resistance to a new AG. It seems probable that Gowdy could make it through confirmation even if the GOP were to lose its hotly-contested 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Earlier this year, Gowdy announced that he would not be seeking reelection to Congress, leaving many to wonder if he had already been tapped for a non-elected position – such as attorney general. During his time in the House recently, Gowdy has been a vocal critic of the DOJ, its current leadership, and the Russia investigation. He is a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and currently chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Jeanine Pirro (R-NY)

Age: 67
Law School: Albany Law School
Current Bar Membership: New York State Bar Association

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro is another likely choice to become the nation’s next “top cop.” Pirro has frequently echoed the 2016 Trump campaign sentiment, “lock her up” to her loyal Fox viewership.

However, her outspoken stance on Clinton and status as a Fox on-air personality would likely complicate her potential Senate confirmation. Again though, a recess appointment could be used if necessary and Pirro’s qualifications outside of News Court are compelling enough that they might give some moderate Democrats sufficient reason to cross the aisle and confirm her.

Pirro is a former state judge in Westchester County, New York, from where Clinton too now hails. After being elected to the bench and presiding for 2 years, Pirro later won the race for Westchester County District Attorney and held that office for 12 years before becoming a top contender for New York State Attorney General.

According to Politico, Pirro has told the White House that she wants to replace Sessions.

Rudy Giuliani (R-NY)

Age: 74
Law School: New York University School of Law
Current Bar Membership: New York State Bar Association

Throughout his long political tenure, Rudy Giuliani has been a federal prosecutor, the mayor of New York City, and a regular Fox guest. He now serves as a key member of President Trump’s legal team and frequent spokesperson.

In July 2017, rumors surfaced that Trump was considering Giuliani to replace Sessions after this article was published by Axios.

While Giuliani’s current position on Trump’s legal team could force him to recuse himself from the DOJ’s Russia investigation if he were to become AG, the announcement of such an intention beforehand could actually help ease his potential Senate confirmation and if Trump were also to fire and replace Deputy Attorney General Rodney Rosenstein then it might be possible to appoint Giuliani and have a future Deputy AG or lower subordinate called in to the Mueller probe.

Giuliani’s long history of service, both in the DOJ and as mayor of hyper-blue New York would also likely help ease his way through the Senate confirmation process.

Joseph diGenova (R-DC)

Age: 73
Law School: Georgetown Law
Current Bar Membership: DC Bar

Joseph diGenova has been in talks with President Trump, but a conflict of interest reportedly prevented him from joining the president’s legal team. It is unknown to the public at this time whether such a conflict could force diGenova to recuse himself from the Russia probe too were he to become attorney general, but as with Giuliani, such a recusal could actually be unimportant if Rosenstein were to be fired.

DiGenova is no stranger to the Justice Department either. He was the top federal prosecutor in Washington, DC from 1983-1988. However, his past representation of Dick Cheney’s Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Scooter Libby during the Valerie Plame Wilson controversy would probably complicate diGenova’s potential Senate confirmation, possibly necessitating a recess appointment.

Draft your Pick

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The author, Marty Gottesfeld, is a political prisoner of the Obama administration. You can learn more and donate to help him at FreeMartyG.com.


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