Not one week later, The Washington Post gathered some information indicating that President Trump had discussed with “confidants and advisers” the notion of a recess appointment to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the event that he leaves his post. “Still raging over Sessions’s recusal from the Justice Department’s escalating Russia investigation, Trump has been talking privately about how he might replace Sessions and possibly sidestep Senate oversight, four people familiar with the issue said,” reads The Post’s piece, which carried three bylines and had seven contributors.
As anyone who has read Trump’s Twitter feed or his comments to the New York Times well knows, Trump is seething about Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s probe into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Trump told the New York Times.
That Trump might consider ways of unloading Sessions with minimal political hassle makes a fair bit of sense. Yet when The Post asked the White House about these informal discussions about a possible recess appointment, it got this response:
When asked Wednesday about the president’s discussions of a recess appointment, the White House released a one-sentence denial from Trump: “More fake news from the Amazon Washington Post.” The Washington Post is owned by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon.
Which is to say that Scaramucci may be able to go on the Sunday shows and talk about deescalation; he may be able to loosen the broadcast rules at press briefings; he may be able to make absurd statements on CNN. But you can’t control the mojo, ever.