(National Sentinel) Special Election: The Trump White House has reportedly floated the notion of replacing embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore with Attorney General Jeff Sessions ahead of a special election in Alabama next month.
As The New York Times reports, two different White House officials said that the idea has been debated as more sexual misconduct charges arise against Moore, who defeated incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange in a primary earlier this fall.
The notion is that Sessions would either run as a write-incandidate under that scenario, or he could get appointed to the post — his former Senate seat — by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey if Moore goes ahead and wins the election next month and then is ousted from office.
Senior GOP leaders in the Senate, who have implored Moore to step down, have said they would likely censure him if he wins the election or expel him from the chamber.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is supportive of the concept and discussed it on Monday with Vice President Mike Pence, according to GOP party officials briefed on their talk,” Circa News added.
Pence and McConnell are said to have talked about the option during a phone call that day that was principally focused on the Republican tax cut proposal.
Sessions remains very popular among Alabama Republicans. Plus, he’s had a falling out with President Donald J. Trump when he decided earlier this year to recuse himself from any investigations into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign last year.
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Trump publicly criticized Sessions for that decision over the summer, leading some to speculate that the president was preparing to fire his AG. Sessions, however, was an early supporter of Trump during the GOP primaries last year.
The Times noted that trading Sessions for Moore would mark a win-win for Trump and McConnell.
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