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Inside the frayed relationship between Trump and Sessions

09 June 2017

As the New York Times' Peter Baker reports, Trump only said "thank you" and walked away when asked by reporters if he still has confidence in Sessions' ability to serve as his attorney general.

But in March, Sessions made a decision to recuse himself from any investigations into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, after it was disclosed that he had met twice with the Russian ambassador to the US past year.

Mr Sessions has come under fire from the President over his recusal from an investigation of Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election, an inquiry that is now exploring whether Mr Trump's associates colluded with Moscow.

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The Associated Press is reporting that Tuesday evening, a person familiar with the situation said Comey had asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to keep him from being alone with Trump.

Why this matters: A second source who works with Sessions described the comments from the podium as "unhelpful", and said it only added to the media firestorm already building around the tense relationship between Trump and Sessions. Sessions' recusal meant that the deputy attorney general would oversee the FBI investigation. A Sessions resignation, just weeks after Trump fired Comey, would raise more questions about whether the president tried to quell any investigation into Russian meddling.

But the president was irate when Sessions announced he would step away from the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election two days after Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, earning positive reviews.

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Relations between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have reportedly frayed enough that Sessions recently suggested he could resign, although the offer was not formal and he does not want to leave.

Mr Trump has also assailed the Justice Department for its handling of the administration's controversial travel ban, and he accused it in a series of tweets on Monday of weakening his plans to limit entry for citizens from about half a dozen Muslim nations. The view within the Justice Department is that Spicer's unwillingness to state the president's confidence was inartful but not an omen.

On Tuesday, Sean Spicer refused to provide even the token measure of "confidence" that Trump has expressed in others who were soon to be departing.

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The resignation offer came as Trump has grown increasingly disenchanted with the former Alabama senator because of his decision to recuse himself from any investigations involving the presidential campaign.