Alex Acosta on Shortlist for Attorney General
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has surfaced on the shortlist to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Any new AG will be faced with managing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by Trump’s campaign. Politico reports that Acosta told associates he is unlikely to accept the job if it is offered before Mueller issues his report, but would accept an offer with no conditions. That no conditions part may be a deal-breaker for Trump. However, Acosta would be more easily confirmed since he has already gone through a Senate confirmation process for his current cabinet post. The son of Cuban refugees, who went on to graduate from Harvard law school and clerked for the Supreme Court, has some Republicans in Senate leadership rooting for him to take the position. And sources tell Bloomberg that Trump also has developed a strong relationship with Acosta -- but that could change should Acosta get confirmed as AG and, like Sessions, let the collusion investigation proceed without interference. Other strong contenders have also emerged including former NJ Governor Chris Christie, Florida AG Pam Bondi, and former U.S. Attorney General William Barr. More here.