AG Sessions Offered To Resign Amid Trump Anger At Recusal


As a case study, the Post juxtaposed the president's tweets about Qatar earlier in the day to the statements made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who said "the USA still wants to see this issue de-escalated and resolved immediately" even as the president appeared to fan the flames of the conflict between Qatar and its' Arab neighbors.

Spicer, who fields a lot of questions about the meaning of the President's tweets, was asked if Trump undermines his own agenda-setting when he tweets.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the opening session of the National Law Enforcement Conference on Human Exploitation at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, on June 6, 2017, in Atlanta.

The president's spokespeople often argue that his tweets should not be taken seriously, but Spicer gave reporters a different assessment: "The president is the president of the United States, so they're considered official statements by the president of the United States", he said.

In the three months since Sessions stepped aside, the intensity of the probe has grown exponentially - culminating in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel.

ABC News, citing unnamed sources, reports that the president remains fixated on Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sessions was the first senator to publicly endorse Trump and has been one of his most loyal backers.

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"I have not had that discussion with him", Spicer said.

He has also blamed Sessions for the fallout from an executive order that the president signed putting in place a travel ban on seven primarily Muslim countries, which courts have blocked. "If I haven't had a discussion about a subject, I tend not to speak about it".

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

The Times reported that Trump "has intermittently fumed for months over" Sessions' recusal from all Russian Federation matters, citing individuals close to the president.

He posted four tweets between 6:25 a.m. and 6:44 a.m. Tuesday, blasting the Justice Department for ditching the "original Travel Ban".