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 TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report 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 SessionsMedill dean 'deeply troubled by the vicious bullying and badgering' of student journalists Trump has considered firing official who reported whistleblower complaint to Congress: report Northwestern student paper apologizes for coverage of 'traumatic' Jeff Sessions event 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 TillersonSteve Schmidt: 'Overwhelming chance that Trump will dump Pence' for Haley Nikki Haley: Trump 'truthful' in 'every instance that I dealt with him' Tillerson denies Haley's claims of taking actions to undermine Trump MORE was pushed out earlier this month, and CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats warn State Dept against punishing individuals who testify in impeachment hearings Pompeo condemns 'deplorable' killings of Iraqi protesters MORE was nominated to take his place.

Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary CohnGary David CohnTrump says US will hit China with new round of tariffs next month Gary Cohn bemoans 'dramatic impact' of Trump tariffs Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank 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 MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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.