Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered to resign amid a growing rift between himself and President Donald Trump, ABC News’ Jon Karl reports.
Trump/Sessions rift is real. I'm told Sessions even offered to resign. Asked about that, his spokesperson declined to comment— Jonathan Karl (@Jonathan Karl)1496787905.0
.@ABC Exclusive from @jonkarl @JTSantucci @JordynPhelps: AG Sessions offered to resign from his post after facing anger from Trump— Mariam Khan (@Mariam Khan)1496787829.0
Sources told ABC News the attorney general made the offer recently, as tensions between the two men boiled over. Monday, the president tweeted an attack on the Department of Justice for submitting a “watered down” travel ban after the original executive order was stayed by the courts. Trump himself signed that second version of the ban.
According to multiple reports, the president’s real source of contention stems from Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe, which Trump blames for ultimately resulting in special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Trump was reportedly blindsided by Sessions’ recusal, and “has lashed out repeatedly at the attorney general in private meetings,” according to ABC News.
On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to say whether Trump has “confidence” in AG Sessions.
“I have not had a conversation with him about that,” Spicer replied.
CBS’ Major Garrett pointed out that that the last time Spicer refused to speak to the president’s confidence, it related to former FBI Director James Comey. Trump fired Comey mere hours after Spicer danced around that question.
“You can’t say he has confidence in his attorney general?” Garret pressed.
“I said I have not had a discussion with him on the question,” Spicer replied. “If I haven’t had a discussion with him about a subject, I tend not to speak of it.”