John Kelly As­sures Jeff Ses­sions He Can Stay as At­tor­ney Gen­eral

White House Chief of Staff said Trump doesn’t in­tend to fire him and his po­si­tion is safe

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Wash­ing­ton: At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions is keep­ing his job, at least for now. New White House chief of staff John Kelly told Ses­sions in­a­phonecallover­the­week­endthat Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump doesn’t in­tend to fire him and that his po­si­tion is safe, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with the con­ver­sa­tion who asked not to be iden­ti­fied dis­cussing a pri­vate ex­change.

Job se­cu­rity for Ses­sions be­came an em­bar­rass­ingly open ques­tion — “it’s kind of hurt­ful,” the at­tor­ney gen­eral said at one point — af­ter Trump at­tacked him in tweets. Trump called Ses­sions “weak” for re­cus­ing him­self from the fed­eral crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sia’s med­dling in the 2016 elec­tion and whether the pres­i­dent or any of his as­so­ciates col­luded with Mos­cow.

The phone call to Ses­sions, first re­ported on Wed­nes­day by the As­so­ci­ated Press, was the lat­est in­di­ca­tion that Kelly, who had been sec­re­tary of Home­land Se­cu­rity, is mov­ing to bring or­der to the tur­moil that has roiled the ad­min­is­tra­tion. On the re­tired gen­eral’s first day as chief of staff last week, An­thony Scara­mucci was re­moved from his job as White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor only 10 days af­ter the fi­nancier joined Trump’s staff.

Scara­mucci had crit­i­cised Reince Priebus, Kelly’s pre­de­ces­sor as chief of staff, and White House chief strate­gist Stephen Ban­non in a vul­gar­ity-laced in­ter­view pub­lished by the New Yorker. On Wed­nes­day, the White House said that Ezra Co­hen-Wat­nick, a Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil staff mem­ber caught up in a con­tro­versy over the re­lease of in­tel­li­gence ma­te­rial to a mem­ber of Congress is also leav­ing his job. It was a sign that Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser HR McMaster is gain­ing more au­thor­ity over his op­er­a­tion now that Kelly has ar­rived.

Jeff Ses­sions

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