President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have had a series of heated exchanges in the last several weeks after Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, a source close to Sessions told CNN Tuesday.
ABC News was first to report the resignation offer, in a story based on anonymous sources. Sessions also reportedly considered resigning, but deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president had faith in his attorney general.
You may remember Sessions has had to recuse himself from anything to do with the Russian Federation probe because of his ties to Russian Federation, and Rod Rosenstein was the person who wrote the memo President Trump originally cited as the reason he fired Comey, before he said that he meant to fire Comey all along.
Sessions' decision in March to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russian Federation investigation frustrated Trump, who learned about the decision only minutes before it went public.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday that he will not appear before open congressional appropriations subcommittee hearings this week and will send his deputy instead.
Trump told people at the time that he anxious the decision would be seen as an admission of defeat - and has continued to express frustrations with the Justice Department's actions.
Spicer responded: "I said I have not had a discussion with him on the question".
President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9 upon a recommendation by Sessions. At least not with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
"The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted", Trump said in one tweet on Monday.
The Attorney-General's suggestion that he might consider quitting was reported earlier by ABC News and confirmed by a person familiar with the matter, who discussed it on condition of anonymity. He's going to have to answer questions about the scope of his recusal from this Russian Federation investigation and why, if he was recused, he recommended James Comey, the FBI director, be fired. While Sessions wasn't the focus of the questions (or the answers), he came under some heavy criticism from his former underling.
Mr Shelby chairs the Senate appropriations subcommittee. Sessions and other administration officials had been in the Oval Office when Trump asked everyone but Comey to leave.