AG Sessions Offered To Resign Amid Trump Anger At Recusal

Cheryl Sanders
June 7, 2017

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. The official said they wanted to avoid a repeat of what happened when Kellyanne Conway said Trump had confidence in Flynn only to find out hours later that the national security adviser had been pushed out.

Trump's Twitter usage has been a cornerstone of his presidency, offering a window into his thinking, sometimes at the expense of his administration's messaging. Two sources close to the president say he has lashed out repeatedly at the attorney general in private meetings, blaming the recusal for the expansion of the Russian Federation investigation, now overseen by Special Counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Sessions' offer to resign was first reported by ABC News.

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

CNN has previously reported that Trump was frustrated with Sessions' decision to recuse himself.

Trump's tweets have become the target of mockery for his opponents.

Federal court decisions have already cited statements by Trump on the campaign trail, as well as comments by aides, in decisions as judges sought to determine intent.

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.

"I think his use of social media. gives him an opportunity to speak straight to the American people, which has proved to be a very, very effective tool", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told a daily press briefing.

ABC News, The Washington Post and The New York Times have also verified this report.

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