There’s an interesting scenario possibly playing out in the wake of the Roy Moore allegations. I first saw it mentioned by Hugh Hewitt, but now apparently the White House wants it to happen too, at least partly, I’m sure, because it also helps Trump in the Russia investigation.
Anxious Republican officials spent much of the weekend trying to determine what, if anything, they could do to halt Mr. Moore without simply turning over the seat. If Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee, wins, it would narrow the Republican advantage in the Senate to a single seat.
But if Mr. Moore stays in and goes on to win, it could leave Senate Republicans with the difficult question of whether to stop him from being seated or seating him and immediately moving to expel him from the chamber.One idea now being discussed under this scenario, brought up by two different White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, would be for Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama to immediately appoint Attorney General Jeff Sessions to what had been his seat when it becomes vacant again. Mr. Sessions remains highly popular among Alabama Republicans, but his relationship with President Trump has waned since he recused himself from the investigation of the role that Russia played in last year’s campaign.
This would not only solve the Roy Moore problem, it would also then allow Trump to replace Sessions with someone at the DOJ who would not have recused themselves from the Mueller investigation, thus stripping Rosenstein of their oversight of that process. He would, of course, appoint someone who would agree to do his bidding in undermining, if not outright canceling, the investigation. It’s a win-win for Trump. And I think Senate leadership could get behind this too because it would make it more likely that they hold on to that seat in next year’s mid-term election.