CNN’s Laura Jarrett told CNN on Monday that the Department of Justice has a succession plan in place to replace Rod Rosenstein, who is expected to resign or be fired today in the wake of explosive allegations that he discussed not only secretly recording the president to prove that he was unfit for office, but removing him via the 25th Amendment. But, she said, President Trump “could blow up” any existing arrangements.
“If in fact this all comes to fruition, then the solicitor general, the number three over here at the Justice Department, Noel Francisco would become the acting attorney general for purposes only of overseeing the Mueller investigation,” she said.
But co-host Poppy Harlow brought up the fly in the ointment: the Federal Vacancies Act. “If the president does fire Rosenstein, this would allow the president to pick anyone he wants, anyone who has a Senate-confirmed position, to be deputy attorney general, right?” she asked.
“That’s exactly right. It isn’t the case that the president just has to accept whatever the Justice Department has all worked out here in a neat solution. We may not see that come to fruition either,” responded Jarrett. “The president could blow up all that and decide he wants someone else entirely. We saw this with Mick Mulvaney, with [US Veterans Affairs Secretary David] Shulkin. There are a lot of different moves here and the president has quite a bit of power to put in whomever he wants if the person is already Senate-confirmed.”
“This would be the second senior law enforcement official fired by this president,” co-host Jim Sciutto noted. “Fired by this president with the Russia probe at least as part of the justification.”
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CNN host forced to explain to Republican Rick Santorum why Trump’s attack on Democratic lawmakers was racist
During an appearance on CNN's "New Day" -- along with fellow Republican Charlie Dent (PA) -- ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) received a lecture from host John Berman on why Donald Trump's tweets and attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were racist.
While Dent revealed that down-ticket Republicans running for re-election in 2020 are "terrified" that Trump's descent into overt racism as a campaign strategy may kill their chances of holding their seats, Santorum said he was disgusted with the whole spectacle while saying he didn't see the attacks as racist.
Asked about the president's attacks, Santorum tried to brush them away and blame the recipients of Trump's ire.
New revelation in Trump’s involvement in Stormy Daniels hush money payoff is an impeachable offense: CNN panel
A CNN panel convened to discuss new evidence that shows Donald Trump was heavily involved in the plot to keep his affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels secret before the 2016 election concluded that it is one more impeachable offense.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, CNN commentator Errol Louis said that the newly revealed texts messages and phone-calls between former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and Trump aide Hope Hicks prove that the then-candidate was in the thick of it before the election.
"He did know, Errol," host Berman explained. "All the evidence is he knew. There's all these phone calls, there are the checks. There's Michael Cohen's testimony. The evidence says the president was lying to the American people."
Trump’s ‘aberrant’ Omar excuse is the same ‘two-step’ he did when former Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard endorsed him: CNN contributor
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," contributor Ron Brownstein reacted with outrage to President Donald Trump's attempts to disown his supporters' racist chants of "Send Her Back!" regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) while at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina.
"Let me read a tweet that generated a lot of reaction, a tweet that you posted," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "It goes like this. 'If 20 high school students chanted this at a classmate how many would be expelled? If 20 employees yelled this at a colleague how many would be fired? If 20 Army soldiers aimed this at a platoon mate how many would be discharged? How much of US will accept this as a new standard?' You got a lot of reaction from that."