Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

Spicer won't say whether Trump has confidence in Sessions

Spicer won't say whether Trump has confidence in Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions allegedly proposed his possible resignation to President Donald Trump in a recent meeting amid an increasingly fraught working relationship, ABC News reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources close to the president.

The messages were unusual not just because the President was criticizing his own Justice Department, but also because Trump, not Sessions, has the final say over how the executive orders are presented.

According to the ABC report, Trump remains so angry with Sessions over the latter's decision to recuse himself from all matters related to ongoing investigations into Trump's widely rumored ties with Russian Federation that he "lashed out repeatedly at the attorney general in private meetings".

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The frustration comes at a critical juncture for Trump. Trump did not take him up on the offer. Sessions stepped away after reports revealed that he spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the 2016 campaign and did not reveal those conversations during his confirmation hearing. Trump made clear to Sessions that while he did not like Sessions' decision to recuse himself, these people said, he still had faith in his attorney general.

A senior administration official said that at one point, Sessions expressed he would be willing to resign if Trump no longer wanted him there.

The ABC report does not specify when or where Sessions made the remark about resigning, or to whom it was made.

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The New York Times reported on Monday that Trump fumed at Sessions for months about his recusal, and believed Sessions' decision led to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation.

The frustration between Trump and Sessions has gone both ways, with Justice Department officials upset that the President's tweets and comments caused problems for Sessions and Rosenstein in the wake of the Comey firing.

Sessions was Trump's first supporter in the Senate and was an enthusiastic backer throughout the campaign - standing with Trump through multiple controversies. In a series of tweets, Trump called the new ban "politically correct", and said the Justice Department should seek a "much tougher version".

Spicer Won't Say Whether Trump is Confident in His AG Jeff Sessions
But sources say the frustration runs both ways, prompting the resignation offer Sessions. Spicer responded: "I said I have not had a discussion with him on the question".

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