In this March 6, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions waits to make a statement at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington. Sessions is seeking the resignations of 46 United States attorneys who were appointed during the prior presidential administration, the Justice Department said Friday, March 10, 2017. (
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has no plans to step down, Justice Department sources say, a decision that could force a showdown with President Donald Trump.
Sessions’ Chief of Staff Jody Hunt told White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus that the Attorney General would remain at his post, the Washington Post reported. Sources told the Post that Priebus did not indicate if Trump planned to fire Sessions if he didn’t step down.
Sessions has remained quiet on the barrage of criticism from the Oval Office, except to say last week he planned to stay “as long as appropriate.” Numerous Republicans – and even some Democrats- have publicly come out in support of Sessions.
In recent days Trump has called the former Alabama Senator and key ally “weak” and “beleaguered” and said he was “very disappointed” in Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, a move that cleared the way for the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.
When asked Tuesday about his plans regarding Sessions, the president would only say “we’ll see what happens.”
Sessions, the first Senator to back Trump’s presidential bid, was a key component of the business-mogul-turned politician’s campaign, with his name emerging as a possible nominee for everything from Vice President to Secretary of State. Sessions was confirmed in February after bruising confirmation hearings in which questions were raised about his record on civil rights.
Sessions was at the White House this morning for a routine meeting with other Cabinet officials, ABC News reported, though Trump was not expected to attend.
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