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Nikki Haley a Candidate to Replace SC Sen. Graham?

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 October 2018 12:55 PM

While Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says he "has no interest in being a member of Trump's Cabinet," there has been at least some speculation he might be one of the few who could pass Senate approval to be confirmed as a replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

After all, resigning U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is the former South Carolina governor, allowing the dominoes to align, CNN politics editor David Wright noted via Twitter.

"Nikki Haley is from South Carolina," Wright tweeted. "Lindsey Graham, maybe one of the few people who could get confirmed as a Jeff Sessions/AG replacement, is also from South Carolina."

Former White House aide to President Bill Clinton and current CNN commentator Keith Boykin also tweeted speculation on how the dominoes may be expected to fall:

"Based on the speculation I've seen on TV, Trump will fire Jeff Sessions, who will be replaced by Lindsey Graham, who will be replaced by Nikki Haley, who will be replaced by Ivanka Trump."

Sen. Graham denied speculation Monday night he was gunning to replace Sessions, assuming the sitting attorney general who recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into election meddling and potential Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

Speculation on Haley's future has ranged from potentially replacing Sen. Graham in her home state to coming back into a prominent internal role in President Trump's Cabinet.

"We're all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose you," Trump told Haley in the Oval Office. "Hopefully you'll be coming back at some point – maybe in a different capacity.

"You can have your pick."

What Haley made sure to squash Tuesday was speculation she would be running for president in 2020, instead clarifying she would be supporting President Trump's re-election campaign.

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