Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered to resign

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"I have not had that discussion with him on the question", Mr. Spicer replied.

President Trump apparently believes that Sessions' recusal set the stage for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to ultimately take over the criminal probe.

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As the White House braces for former FBI Director James Comey's testimony Thursday, sources tell ABC News the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become so tense that Sessions at one point recently even suggested he could resign.

The former FBI director is due to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday about his investigation into allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election and whether any Trump aides colluded with Moscow.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined Tuesday to say whether Trump still had confidence in Sessions.

When asked if Trump still "had confidence" in his Attorney General, Spicer responded that he "had not had that discussion with him" and would not speak for the president on the matter, despite the fact that he is the President's designated spokesperson. Trump rewarded Sessions after his election with one of the most coveted jobs in any administration, the opportunity to lead the Justice Department.

The attorney general reportedly told President Trump of his decision only "minutes" before he announced it, the sources said.

Sessions was Trump's first supporter in the Senate and was an enthusiastic backer throughout the campaign - standing with Trump through multiple controversies.

On Monday, the New York Times reported that Trump had begun blaming Sessions for the mounting troubles his administration has faced on a near-daily basis since he assumed office earlier this year.

Still, tensions linger. On Monday, Trump derided the revised travel ban and criticized the Justice Department's handling of the controversial case.

"I have not had a discussion with him about that", Spicer said as sources said Trump is still fuming over Sessions' recusal from the federal investigation into potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

Trump's executive order that banned travel from seven predominately Muslim nations was blocked by federal judges in February.

ABC News first reported Tuesday that Sessions offered to resign.

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