In a recent Justia blog post, Illinois Law dean and professor Vikram David Amar brought a different perspective to the theory that President Trump wants to remove Attorney General Jeff Sessions so that he can then go after Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Mueller’s Russia-related investigation.
He discussed the "unitary executive" theory, the possibility of the President rescinding DOJ regulations, and Sessions' recusal and its relevance to the President's authority.
"Why, then, would the president even think about removing Mr. Sessions? I’m not really sure. The downside is clear. Mr. Sessions is popular among conservatives and in the Senate more generally. He is pursuing a hard-line stance on immigration and drugs, which seems to be what President Trump wants and (for the most part) campaigned on. It is difficult to imagine the president could get anyone else outside of DOJ to take the AG nomination job if Sessions were removed, and Senate confirmation of any new nominee would surely be a challenge."
Read the full post at verdict.justia.com.