Trump asked aides about making Labor secretary his new attorney general: report

Trump asked aides about making Labor secretary his new attorney general: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE reportedly asked an aide if Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by National Association of Manufacturers — Whistleblower complaint roils Washington On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena Sanders calls Eugene Scalia's Labor Dept. confirmation 'obscene' MORE would make a good replacement for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry Senate Democrats demand Trump fire Stephen Miller MORE.

The inquiry came after the president saw Acosta on “Fox & Friends” one morning, The Washington Post reported.

However, it is unclear if Trump is truly considering Acosta for the job, given that the president has been prone to speculating about replacements for different officials, the newspaper noted.

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The president repeatedly criticized Sessions after the attorney general recused himself from the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump reportedly wants to fire Sessions, but has been pressured to hold off as it might be damaging as the Russia investigation unfolds.

Several members of Trump’s team have left the White House in recent days.

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonReport: Trump UK ambassador fired deputy for mentioning Obama in speech Overnight Defense: Ex-Navy secretary slams Trump in new op-ed | Impeachment tests Pompeo's ties with Trump | Mexican president rules out US 'intervention' against cartels Pompeo-Trump relationship tested by impeachment inquiry MORE was pushed out earlier this month, and CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump administration imposes sanction on Saudi diplomat over Khashoggi killing Mulvaney: 'Politics can and should influence foreign policy' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE was nominated to take his place.

Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary CohnGary David CohnGary Cohn says he's 'concerned' no one is left in White House to stand up to Trump Trump says US will hit China with new round of tariffs next month Gary Cohn bemoans 'dramatic impact' of Trump tariffs MORE, also resigned after Trump announced tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that he opposed. He will be replaced by the CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow, who is also an opinions contributor for The Hill.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinFormer Trump VA secretary says staffer found plans to replace him in department copier VA under pressure to ease medical marijuana rules Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE is rumored to be the next Cabinet member out the door, although the White House has sent mixed messages on his status.

Trump has also gone after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE on Twitter, calling his investigation a witch hunt and arguing that it should have never begun because there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.

The White House, however, says Trump is not considering firing Mueller and will cooperate with his investigation.