Jeff Sessions’ Seat Grows Hot As GOP Senators Fan Flames

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ job appears increasingly in peril as key Senate Republicans who once dismissed the idea of his firing are now signaling his replaceability.

Until now, President Trump’s public ire at Sessions over his recusal from the Russia investigation had been seen as mostly symbolic. Sessions was protected by the conventional wisdom of Senate Republicans that any attempt to confirm his replacement during the ongoing probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be a political nightmare — or even a constitutional crisis.

Last year, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters that if Trump fired Sessions, “there’d be holy hell to pay.”

Now the South Carolina Republican, who has had Trump’s ear in recent months, has reversed course — a key signal that Sessions’ days could be numbered.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley told Bloomberg News that he could squeeze a confirmation hearing for attorney general into the jam-packed fall schedule that includes the hearing for Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh. Earlier this year he said such a scheduling feat would be impossible.

That’s bad news for Sessions. The good news: He has the public support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who understands that the stakes may still be too high.

“I do not see Trump firing AG Sessions before the 2018 midterms because of the possible political blowback at the ballot box,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell, adding that a post-election firing is “a real possibility.”

Read more from Kimberly Atkins at the Boston Herald

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