Jeff Sessions reportedly suggested he resign amid growing rift with Trump

Faith Castro
June 7, 2017

Monday morning, Trump sent out a series of tweets hinting of growing disdain for his attorney general, attacking the Department of Justice for submitting a second version of the president's travel ban-an executive order Trump himself signed.

Earlier Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he could not answer when asked if Trump still has confidence in Sessions.

He says, "if I haven't had a discussion with him about a subject, I tend not to speak about it".

Tensions between the two led Sessions to offer his resignation.

An administration official told CNN that Trump's frustration with Sessions dates back to March 2, when Sessions suddenly recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation amid pressure from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Two sources close to the president say he lashed out repeatedly at the attorney general in private meetings, blaming the recusal for the expansion of the Russian investigation, now overseen by Special Counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

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Sessions was the first sitting U.S. senator to endorse Trump and became one of his top advisers on the campaign trail. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores, who was with Sessions in Atlanta Tuesday, declined to comment.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing in January.

But the cozy, warm relationship between Trump and Sessions has appeared to turn ice cold, at least for the president, the New York Times reports.

A senior administration official said that at one point, Sessions expressed he would be willing to resign if Trump no longer wanted him there.

On Monday, he took to Twitter to publicly criticize the department's legal strategy in defending his proposed travel ban barring the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries into the United States.

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