According to ABC News, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose relationship with President Trump has soured since Sessions decided to recuse himself from the investigation into Russia’s rumored ties with the Trump campaign, offered to resign his post.
Sessions announced his recusal publicly in early March, reportedly enraging Trump.
That recusal stemmed from Sessions meeting twice with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. The timeline went like this: on March 3, 2016, the Trump campaign named Sessions as the chairman of Trump’s National Security Advisory Committee. In Mid-July, 2016, on the sidelines of the RNC, Sessions spoke to a small group of ambassadors, including Kislyak, after giving a speech. On Sept. 8, 2016, Sessions met with his staff and Kislyak in Sessions’ office.
After Trump was elected, Sessions said at his confirmation hearing that he “did not have communications with the Russians.”
When he recused himself, Session stated, “Let me be clear: I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign. And the idea that I was part of a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries to the Russian government are false.” He later added on Fox News, “Recusal is not an admission of any wrongdoing. It’s simply … whether or not you can be perceived as fairly deciding a case.”
After he recused himself, Sessions said he had asked “relevant senior career department officials” to discuss the decision, adding “having concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for president of the United States … In the end, I have followed the right procedure, just as I promised the committee I would.”
At the time, Trump said he had “total” confidence in Sessions and didn’t think Sessions should recuse himself. But ABC News reported a senior White House source said that the day after Sessions recused himself, Trump went “ballistic” in front of staffers about Sessions’ recusal, as it emboldened Trump’s political opponents.