Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently suggested he might resign amid rising tension between with President Trump, according to a new report.
The rift stems from Sessions’s decision in March to recuse himself from the probe of possible ties between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia, a decision Trump was unaware of until minutes before it occurred.
ABC News reported Tuesday that Sessions, one of Trump’s earliest backers on the campaign, even floated his resignation at one point.
ABC News added:
“Trump’s anger over the recusal has not diminished with time. 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 Russia investigation, now overseen by Special Counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
But sources say the frustration runs both ways, prompting the resignation offer from Sessions.
Asked by ABC News if the attorney general had threatened or offered to resign, Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment.”
Meanwhile, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked today if the president still has confidence in his attorney general. He could not say.
“I have not had that discussion with him,” Spicer said.
“So you can’t say if he has confidence in his attorney general?” Spicer was asked.
Spicer responded: “I said I have not had a discussion with him on the question. I don’t, If I haven’t had a discussion about a subject, I tend not to speak about it.”