Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Sessions Offered to Quit Amid Rift With Trump on Russian Federation

But in March, Sessions made a decision to recuse himself from any investigations into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, after it was disclosed that he had met twice with the Russian ambassador to the US a year ago.

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

Trump reportedly only heard that Sessions, who previously described himself as a "surrogate" to the tycoon's election campaign, had chose to recuse himself moments before the attorney general publicly announced the move. The Times attributed the information to two people who it said spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House matters.

The sources tell ABC that Trump's anger has not diminished, and he has lashed out at the attorney general repeatedly behind closed doors.

Brexit terms should be 'reset', Labour's shadow Brexit secretary says
May experienced a gradual slide during the campaign period, in which a wide gap between the Conservatives and Labour narrowed. Among the casualties was Alex Salmond, a former first minister of Scotland and one of the party's highest-profile lawmakers.

ABC News noted on Tuesday that White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment on whether Sessions held the president's confidence, saying, "I have not had that discussion with him".

Sessions reportedly recently offered to resign, telling the president that he needed the freedom to perform his job, though Trump ultimately did not accept the offer.

Sessions' recusal "has thrown a lot of this into a tail spin", the official said, setting off a chain reaction that eventually led to the appointment of a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores, who was with Sessions in Atlanta Tuesday, declined to comment.

After learning the news, Trump lashed out at Sessions, blaming him for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe and leaving the ability to appoint an outside investigator in Rosenstein's hands, the sources said.

United Kingdom general election exit polls show May's Conservatives could be largest party
A minister admitted there would be "fury" within the party among those who did not believe an election was necessary. The party's leader, Tim Farron, hung on to his seat in Cumbria, while Vince Cable was re-elected in Twickenham.

Aides reportedly warned Trump that ousting his longtime political ally and top law enforcement official would only add to the controversies mounting around his administration in the wake of his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last month.

Should Donald Trump lose Jeff Sessions - a close confidant and one of his earliest backers in the Republican primary, when Trump was still considered a long shot even to win the nomination - it could push the president even close to the idea of resigning himself.

Mr Trump has refused the resignation offer, they reported. The Justice Department said Sessions played no part in the decision.

Brazilian group closes in on £880m deal to buy The Body Shop
Sales at the brand sank 5% to 920.8 million euro (£784.2 million) in 2016, down from 967.2 million euro (£823.7 million) in 2015. In Natura, it will gain an owner that shares its ideology in terms of ethics and natural products.

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