Judge Jeanine still tangoing with Trump over an administration role

Source: Politico | June 7, 2018 | Eliana Johnson and Andrew Restuccia

The president has dangled top jobs in front of the Fox News host, a longtime New York pal, who has expressed interest in leaving her cable-news perch for government.

Jeanine Pirro has a top-rated Fox News show and a forthcoming book — “Lies, Leakers, and Liberals” — but she still wants to be President Donald Trump’s attorney general.

A former prosecutor and judge, Pirro has repeatedly told Trump’s aides and advisers over the past 18 months that she’s interested in taking over as the nation’s top law enforcement official, according to four people familiar with the conversations.

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, according to a former administration official, though this person added that Trump was more likely engaging in flattery than 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, according to one Fox employee. Two White House aides said they believe the president is not seriously considering bringing Pirro on to replace current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, despite Trump’s long-standing frustration with him.

But Pirro’s interest in a big administration job has nonetheless drawn notice. 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 — and for making key personnel decisions without first consulting aides, including chief of staff John Kelly.

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