Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump’s new communications director, had a rather abrupt change of heart once he got his new job, implying that President Trump should jettison Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
In March, Scaramucci was solidly behind Sessions’ decision, praising Sessions for being a stand-up guy:
But on Tuesday, Scaramucci was singing a different tune; echoing his new boss, who has taken to attacking Sessions publicly lately.
As The Daily Wire reported last week, Trump told The New York Times: “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else … Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president.”
Trump also slammed Sessions for his testimony during Senate confirmation hearings when Mr. Sessions said he had not met with any Russians, despite having met Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak twice. Trump opined, “Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers. He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t.”
On Tuesday, Trump continued attacking Sessions, tweeting:
Scaramucci took the hint; on Tuesday, Hugh Hewitt, interviewing Scaramucci, asked, "It's clear the president wants him gone, isn't it?"
Scaramucci protested he had an "enormous amount of respect" for Sessions, but added, "But I do know the president pretty well and if there's this level of tension in the relationship — that's public, you're probably right. But I don't want to speak for the president on that because he's a cabinet official and I sort of think that has to be between the president of the United States and the Cabinet official."
Sacarmucci compared Sessions to former Attorney General Eric Holder, ripping Sessions for not being loyal enough. He said of Holder:
But one of the things I would give him a lot of credit for is that he was a pretty good hockey goalie for the president. He was also willing to help the president inside the bounds of the law. I’m not saying these guys did anything illegal, but I think when you think about the relationship John F. Kennedy had with his brother attorney general, or you think about that relationship that the president had with Eric Holder, President Obama, they probably don’t have that sort of relationship. And I think the President, and when he thinks about the architecture of his cabinet, I think he needs that sort of a relationship there.