Jeanine Pirro, hostess of Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” would like to succeed Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
Jeanine Pirro has a top-rated Fox News show and a forthcoming book — “Lies, Leakers, and Liberals” — but she still wants to be President Trump’s attorney general, reports Politico. A former prosecutor and judge, Pirro has repeatedly told Trump’s aides and advisers that she’s interested in taking over as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Trump has dangled the possibility of giving her a top appointment. During a November meeting in the Oval Office, the president raised the possibility of nominating Pirro to a federal judgeship, although it wasn’t clear whether he was seriously considering putting Pirro on the bench. Pirro’s Fox News colleagues have laughed at her frequent mentions of the possibility of getting senior-level government work. Trump, whose relationship with Pirro dates back decades, has demonstrated a penchant for bringing cable news stars into his administration, most recently tapping CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow to be his top economic adviser.
The Trump administration has often struggled to attract top talent, with many veteran Republican operatives rebuffing offers of high-level jobs amid ongoing staff turmoil and the Russia investigation. Pirro has used her TV platform to hammer the president’s critics and to ding his allies, including Sessions, as insufficiently loyal. She has described the attorney general as the biggest threat to the Trump agenda, calling him “the most dangerous man in America.” Transition aides discussed tapping Pirro as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a prospect that the president-elect initially favored, though he was ultimately dissuaded by senior aides from making an offer. Trump and Pirro speak by phone frequently and Trump watches almost every episode of her Saturday evening show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” sometimes calling in.