Graham: 'DHS Secretary Jeff Sessions doesn't sound right'

Graham: 'DHS Secretary Jeff Sessions doesn't sound right'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMSNBC's Joy Reid pans Manchin, Sinema as the 'no progress caucus' Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike MORE (R-S.C.) chimed into speculation that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden administration should resist 'slush-fund' settlements Garland should oppose Biden effort to reinstate controversial 'slush funds' practice MORE could be tapped to replace John Kelly as Homeland Security secretary, saying the title just "doesn't feel right" on Sessions.

"AG Jeff Sessions has a good ring to it," Graham wrote on Twitter. "Highly qualified, committed to the rule of law, tough on crime, and fiercely independent."

"DHS Secretary Jeff Sessions doesn't sound right, doesn't feel right," he continued. "Bad idea."

Included in his tweets was a link to the Politico report saying that Sessions is among those being discussed by department staffers as a possible replacement for Kelly, whom Trump named White House chief of staff on Friday.


Sessions's future at the Justice Department has been the subject of speculation in recent days after Trump launched a series of public attacks at the attorney general.

Trump has complained recently about Sessions's decision to recuse himself from the law enforcement investigation into Russian election meddling, and, at one point, called him "beleaguered" in a tweet.

Sessions has said he has no plans of resigning from the Justice Department and that he is willing to serve as long as the president wants him to.

The mere thought of Trump firing Sessions has drawn ire from conservatives in Congress, including Graham, who said on Thursday that "there will be holy hell to pay" if Trump ousts his attorney general.