White House downplays idea of Sessions move to Homeland Security

The White House on Monday downplayed rumors that President Trump could move Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Memo: Mueller's depictions will fuel Trump angst Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump Trump frustrated with aides who talked to Mueller MORE to the Department of Homeland Security. 

“There are no conversations about any Cabinet members moving in any capacity, and the president has 100 percent confidence in all members of his Cabinet,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. 

Sessions’s name has been floated as a possible replacement for former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, whom Trump selected as his new White House chief of staff. 


Moving Sessions would allow Trump to pick a new attorney general who could wrest back control of the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. 

But the comments from Sanders appeared to rule out such a move, which would have been opposed by many GOP senators. 

They’re also an indication that Trump’s anger at Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian probe might not result in him taking a drastic move to remove him as attorney general. 

Trump last week refused to say if he still has confidence in his attorney general, saying a Tuesday press conference he was “disappointed” with him and that only “time will tell” his fate.

“I told you before: I’m very disappointed in my attorney general,” Trump said when asked if he will get rid of Sessions. “But we will see what happens. Time will tell, time will tell.”