It might not look like the best job in the administration due to President Trump's frequent attacks on the current occupant, but Fox News TV host Jeanine Pirro is telling Trump advisors of her interest in becoming the next attorney general.
Pirro, a constant Trump loyalist on screen who has known him for decades, told Trump aides and advisors she wants the job, Politico reported.
Trump dangled the possibility of a federal judgeship for Pirro, according to the report. She also made a pitch for deputy attorney general – another critical government post that at present involves overseeing the Russia probe.
Serving as President Trump's attorney general is a position fraught with pressure.
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro has told Trump advisors she wants to be attorney general
Just this week Trump resumed his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe, which Trump brands a 'witch hunt.'
Pirro, a former Westchester County prosecutor and judge, has repeatedly defended Trump from the perch of her program, Justice With Judge Jeanine. She even backed him up after the release of the infamous 'Access Hollywood' tape, when many other conservatives didn't.
Jeanine Pirro attends President Trump's one year anniversary with over 800 guests at the winter White House at Mar-a-Lago on January 18, 2018 in Palm Beach, Florida
Here Pirro is pictured in Trump Tower. She is a constant Trump loyalist on her program on Fox
Judge Jeanine Pirro of FOX News Network makes remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, February 23, 2017
Pirro also sought to be named deputy attorney general. She was a prosecutor and judge in Westchester County, New York
During a recent segment, she picked up the Trump narrative that the FBI put 'spies' inside his presidential campaign, asking: 'Why shouldn't I be furious and who do they think they're kidding?'
She referred to Trump target former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper as a 'bozo,' and asked: 'Since when do we put spies in a presidential campaign to find out what the Russians are doing? Why not intercept them on the way in,' she asked.
Pirro also has run for high office in New York, and lost a race to Andrew Cuomo for New York state attorney general. Her pitches to join the administration trace back a year and a half.
Two Trump administration officials told Politico she pushed for the deputy job after it was clear the AG job was going to sessions.
The current deputy AG, Rod Rosenstein, is also facing tremendous pressure from Trump. He is overseeing the Russia probe, and he named Robert Mueller as special counsel following the Sessions recusal.
The New York Times reported that when Sessions resisted Pirro's appointment, Trump advisors told him that if she didn't get an interview, the president might nominate her to the Supreme Court.
Trump has drawn other administration members from the ranks of TV personalities and Fox talent, the most recent being CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow, Trump's new economic advisor.