Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Told Sessions to Resign During Humiliating Oval Office Meeting

Trump Told Sessions to Resign During Humiliating Oval Office Meeting

Sessions penned the ultimately-rejected resignation letter after President Trump tore into him in the middle of a meeting in the Oval Office, the Times reporting Thursday.

The savage dressing down took place during a meeting between Trump and his top advisers about who to appoint as ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's replacement.

A report from the New York Times reveals new details about what preceded Attorney General Jeff Sessions' offer in May to resign - an offer first reported by Politico in June.

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The president blamed the appointment of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, on Mr. Sessions's decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation - a move Mr. Trump believes was the moment his administration effectively lost control over the inquiry.

Trump has made little secret of his disdain for Sessions in recent months, publicly berating the attorney general throughout the summer after telling the Times he would not have chosen Sessions for the job had he known Sessions would recuse himself.

According to sources, Sessions said Trump's comment was the most humiliating thing he'd had ever faced in public life.

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The Times report said Trump lashed out in response to that news.

Sessions evidently delivered his resignation letter but the President's advisors told him not to accept it because it would cause more problems.

According the Times' reporting, following Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel, Trump blamed Sessions for the political crisis, described Sessions' nomination as one of his worst decisions, and called him an "idiot".

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Sessions later described Trump's public tirade against him as "hurtful", but added that he meant to remain Attorney General unless Trump "wants to make a change". At the very least, Trump hasn't taken shots at his top law enforcement officer on social media. Sessions allies told the Times he wants to remain in the position because he believes he has a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to crack down on illegal immigration.

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