According to a Tuesday report from ABC News, Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered to resign the post at one point in recent months as his relationship with President Donald Trump grew more tenacious.
Citing two anonymous sources close to the White House, the report said the conflict began after Sessions recused himself in March from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. According to the report, President Trump learned Sessions would be recusing himself only shortly before the former Alabama senator’s official announcement.
According to the two sources, President Trump’s anger has been on display for a number of months, and he blames the recusal as the reason Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein last month appointed a special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to oversee the expanding Russian investigation.
Trump has also grown frustrated with the way his travel ban has been stalled in federal courts, the people added, according to the report.
Exactly when Sessions allegedly offered to resign remains unknown, but the report said Trump refused to accept it. Trump made clear to Sessions that although he did not like Sessions’s decision to recuse himself, he still had faith in his attorney general, the report said.
Before he announced his recusal from the Russia investigation, Sessions and President Trump shared a strong bond. Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump early in the presidential campaign last year when few Republican lawmakers supported the candidate.