In an Oval Office meeting following the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year, President Trump “berated” Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling him “an idiot” and saying that he should resign, The New York Times reported Thursday.
After the meeting, Sessions reportedly sent the White House a resignation letter, but Trump rejected it on the advice of Vice President Mike Pence, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, and former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Sessions later called the incident “the most humiliating experience in decades of public life.”
Mueller was appointed in May to lead the federal probe into Trump campaign aides’ ties to Russia after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the investigation at the time.
The Hill added:
Sessions said in July he had no plans to leave his post.
According to the Times, allies of Sessions said he chose to remain in the job because he thinks of it as a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to crack down on illegal immigration.