President Trump might have lost confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions

  • President Trump might have lost confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions

President Trump might have lost confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Though contact between the White House and the FBI has always been routed through the attorney general or deputy attorney general, Sessions recused himself from overseeing the FBI investigation into Russia's interference with last year's election after failing to disclose meetings with Kislyak during his January confirmation hearing.

At one point, Sessions made clear he would be willing to resign if Trump no longer wanted him.

"I firmly believe in the mission of the Department of Justice", Sessions' statement concluded, "and I believe that appropriations hearings are an important way for both Congress and the American people to learn about the vital work that dedicated Department employees do every single day to ensure the fair administration of justice".

Political and legal advisers inside the White House have told Trump over the past month that firing Sessions would create another political firestorm and make it more hard to fill key jobs inside his administration, the sources said on the condition of anonymity.

Sessions had been scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before a Senate panel chaired by Shelby. "The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.", Trump posted on Twitter on Monday, June 5. When reporters asked Spicer if Trump had lost confidence in Sessions, Spicer said, "I have not had a discussion with him about that".

Comey reportedly told committee members in a closed hearing later Thursday that Sessions might have had a third meeting that he did not disclose with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during last year's election. Friday, we have Senator Richard Blumenthal calling for the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General to come testify in front of his committee. The President's frustrations returned after the deputy attorney general - acting on Sessions' behalf - named a special counsel to oversee that investigation.

Sessions was Trump's first supporter in the Senate and was an enthusiastic backer throughout the campaign - standing with Trump through multiple controversies.

Trump also complained that Sessions had not warned him about Rosenstein's decision.