Trump May Be Playing 4-D Chess With Sessions/Priebus/Kelly

Today’s Campaign Update – Supplemental

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

  • It hadn’t occurred to me when I was compiling the daily Campaign Update in this morning’s wee hours, but in thinking through the week’s events and how Trump’s mind tends to work, it seems to me that yesterday’s replacement of Reince Priebus with DHS Secretary Gen. John Kelly could become a prelude to yet another Trumpian 4-D chess move.  Bear with me here…
  • There is no question that the President is both frustrated with and very fond of his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.  President Trump was caught off-guard by Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Democrat/Media-generated Russia Collusion fantasy play, and has stewed about that decision ever since.  At the same time, though, Sessions was and remains one of the President’s earliest and most loyal supporters, and the two obviously like one another.
  • But the President definitely wants to move Sessions out of Justice, so that he can appoint a new A/G who can exert some semblance of control over the ever-expanding, obvious witch hunt that Special Counsel Bob Mueller is running.  Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, the lifetime swamp creature who appointed Mueller, has steadfastly refused to exercise any oversight whatsoever.
  • But Trump has been warned by squish GOP senators Ben Sasse and Lindsey Graham that the senate would never confirm a new AG nominee if Sessions is fired.  Both senators also made it clear they would never allow the President to make a recess appointment for the AG post.
  • So what does any of that have to do with the “resignation” by Reince Priebus and his replacement with DHS Secretary Kelly?  Well, consider the following possible steps available to the President now:
    • Because Sessions has already been confirmed by the Senate for a cabinet post, those squish senators would have no ability whatsoever to interfere if Mr. Trump wanted to replace Kelly at DHS by moving Sessions into that job;
    • Because EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has already been confirmed by the Senate for his position, those squish senators would have no ability whatsoever to interfere if Mr. Trump decided to move the former Attorney General of Oklahoma into the Attorney General slot;
    • Because Rick Perry has already been confirmed by the Senate for his job as Energy Secretary, those squish senators would have no ability whatsoever to interfere if Mr. Trump decided to move the former Texas Governor into the EPA Administrator slot;
    • That would leave a vacancy at the Department of Energy, but so what?  Does anyone believe that those squish senators would fall on their swords opposing a new nominee for that job?  Please.
  • Now, I have no information that the President is in fact thinking along these lines, but given his often-unanticipated moves over the past few years that turned out to shock everyone, we should not be surprise if he has a scenario such as this in the back of his mind.
  • Don’t be surprised if the Preibus-for-Kelly trade was just the first in a series of cabinet-level dominoes to fall.

That is all.

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