After losing the Kansas race for governor, Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach is among those being considered as the new U.S. attorney general, according to McClatchy News Service.
An article posted Wednesday with the headline “Trump may consider Kobach, Bondi for attorney general,” quoted Kobach’s campaign manager saying Kobach was “well suited” to be attorney general.
J.R. Claeys told McClatchy “I haven’t had any discussions with him where this has come up, just knowing Kris as well as I do now, and knowing his history and knowing his relationship with the president and the trust he has from the president, I think it’s definitely a possibility.”
Kobach has some prosecutorial experience with former Attorney General John Ashcroft, although he is best known for his work as a constitutional lawyer and his immigration reform litigation.
At a rally in Topeka, Trump said if Kobach lost, he would “bring him into my administration in two seconds.”
Kobach was also part of Trump’s early strategy on immigration and led a widely-criticized panel on voter fraud.
The McClatchy story did not name any White House sources with information in the process to replace Sessions. One of the article’s authors told KSNT News that no one in the White House was naming any specific candidates.
The story also mentioned Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi as a possible nominee. The U.S. Senate must confirm any candidate the President names.
Matthew Whitaker, 49, former Session’s chief of staff and federal prosecutor, will be acting attorney general.
There was no comment from a Kobach spokeswoman when KSNT News contacted her Wednesday evening.
- Link to McClatchy story: (update as of 6:50 p.m. with new information that President Trump is considering a retired DC judge to replace Sessions.)
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