Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

White House still mum on Trump's confidence in Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered to resign at one point in recent months after his relationship with President Donald Trump grew increasingly tense, according to two people close to the White House.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed the ultimate act of disloyalty in the eyes of President Trump when the former Republican senator recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Mr Spicer said: "I have not had a discussion with him about that".

A New York Times A New York Times article likewise said that Trump had "soured on" Sessions over the recusal and the Department of Justice's appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.

But sources say the frustration runs both ways, prompting the resignation offer from Sessions.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, just after reports surfaced that Sessions potentially had a third, previously undisclosed meeting with Russian officials.

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "the president is not a liar" after former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey blasted the White House for telling "lies, plain and simple" about the circumstances surrounding his firing last month. He could not say. Though it is unclear what drove Sessions to take this step, his resignation plea was immediately turned down by Trump, stating that while he might not agree with the attorney general's actions, he still had enough faith in him to keep him in his administration, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Following that spate of stories, you might think Trump or his surrogates would throw Sessions a life raft in the form of a vote of confidence. Asked last week if the president had confidence in Mr. Kushner, Mr. Spicer said "absolutely".

A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment on the ABC report, referring to it as a "palace intrigue story". Sessions traveled extensively with Trump, often speaking before him at events and serving as a surrogate to the then-Republican nominee.

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After the election, Sessions was rewarded with one of the most prominent positions in Trump's new administration, atop the Justice Department.

Democrats have accused Trump of firing Comey to upend the FBI's Russian Federation probe, which focused in large part on whether campaign aides coordinated with Moscow to hack Democratic groups during the election.

Several key players are testifying before the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday, including National Intelligence Director Dan Coats.

Trump had confidence in Comey and Flynn, until he didn't.

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