The shadow of special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation is complicating President Donald Trump’s search for a new attorney general. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has told associates he is unlikely to accept the job if it is offered before Mueller issues his report, according to two sources familiar with the ongoing conversations. And two other candidates approached by the White House about the position signaled they were not interested in the job. Story Continued Below As a result, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie has emerged as a strong contender, according to two former White House officials briefed on the ongoing discussions, one of whom predicted that “this is going to end up with Christie.” The president has said in recent days that he believes Christie, the first prominent Republican to back his presidential bid, has patiently waited his turn after being passed over for the job during the post-2016 election transition. That said, … [Read more...] about Sessions’ job is hard to fill. Enter Chris Christie.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is reportedly being eyed by President Donald Trump to replace Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general, according to CBS News.After Trump forced Sessions to resign on Wednesday, Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, was appointed acting attorney general. Trump had reportedly been unhappy with Sessions since his March 2017 recusal from the Justice Department's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. His firing came a day after the midterm elections.Christie joins Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, former New York City Mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and William Barr, a U.S. attorney general under President George W. Bush, as possible replacements, CBS News reported. The list is likely to grow in coming days.From 2002 to 2008, Christie served as a U.S. attorney in New Jersey. In the 2016 presidential election, Christie was one of the first to endorse Trump after he ended his own campaign for president, … [Read more...] about Chris Christie on Trump’s short list for attorney general
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is at the White House and is being considered to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, two people familiar with the matter told NBC News. Sessions submitted a resignation letter on Wednesday "at the request" of President Donald Trump, according to the letter. There is no indication that Christie is a front-runner for the position. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. … [Read more...] about Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Being Considered for Attorney General Role: Sources
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being considered to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, two sources familiar with the matter tell CBS News. President Trump forced Sessions out as the nation's chief law enforcement officer on Wednesday, one day after Democrats captured the House in the midterm elections. No decisions are expected soon, and the list of those being considered — which also includes Rudy Giuliani, outgoing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and former Attorney General William Barr, who served under President George H. W. Bush — is likely to grow in the coming days, CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports. Christie is a longtime friend of President Trump's and endorsed him after dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign. Christie then ran the transition process before Mr. Trump took office, a task that was marginalized by other Trump aides and that ultimately bore only marginal influence on personnel and policy in the … [Read more...] about Chris Christie being considered to replace Sessions as attorney general
The Port of Corpus Christi and investment firm The Carlyle Group will team up to develop an inland crude oil export terminal to load some of the world’s largest oil tankers. The project, estimated to cost upward of $1 billion, would operate on Harbor Island, near Port Aransas, and just 2 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. The terminal would allow Texas’ record oil production to be exported around the world. The terminal, which is expected to become operational in 2020, would include two loading docks that can service very large crude carriers, or VLCCs, which can carry 2 million barrels of oil per ship. Exporters prefer larger tankers because they are more efficient and cut transportation costs. READ ALSO: Eagle Ford Shale discovery upended South Texas 10 years ago The deal is a key component of Corpus Christi’s transformation into a global export hub. Analysts have said the majority of new crude production from the Permian Basin in West Texas, the Eagle Ford … [Read more...] about Port of Corpus Christi, Carlyle to team up for Texas VLCC terminal