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September 14, 2017

New York Times reporting that Prez Trump back in May urged AG Sessions to resign then rejected his letter of resignation

This new New York Times article reports on notable details of the history of recent tensions between Prez Trump and AG Sessions under the headline "Trump Humiliated Jeff Sessions After Mueller Appointment."  Here is how it gets started:

Shortly after learning in May that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate links between his campaign associates and Russia, President Trump berated Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an Oval Office meeting and said he should resign, according to current and former administration officials and others briefed on the matter.

The president blamed the appointment of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, on Mr. Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation — a move Mr. Trump believes was the moment his administration effectively lost control over the inquiry. Accusing Mr. Sessions of “disloyalty,” Mr. Trump unleashed a string of insults on his attorney general.

Ashen and emotional, Mr. Sessions told the president he would quit and sent a resignation letter to the White House, according to four people who were told details of the meeting. Mr. Sessions would later tell associates that the demeaning way the president addressed him was the most humiliating experience in decades of public life.

The Oval Office meeting, details of which have not previously been reported, shows the intensity of Mr. Trump’s emotions as the Russia investigation gained steam and how he appeared to immediately see Mr. Mueller’s appointment as a looming problem for his administration. It also illustrates the depth of antipathy Mr. Trump has had for Mr. Sessions — one of his earliest campaign supporters — and how the president interprets “disloyalty” within his circle of advisers.

Mr. Trump ended up rejecting Mr. Sessions’s May resignation letter after senior members of his administration argued that dismissing the attorney general would only create more problems for a president who had already fired an F.B.I. director and a national security adviser. Mr. Trump once again, in July, told aides he wanted to remove Mr. Sessions, but for a second time didn’t take action.

The relationship between the two men has improved marginally since midsummer, as Mr. Sessions has made a public display of hunting for the leakers among the administration’s national security officials. His allies said that despite the humiliation, the attorney general has stayed in the job because he sees a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity as the nation’s top law enforcement official to toughen the country’s immigration policies.

September 14, 2017 at 06:57 PM | Permalink


Sessions. Lawyer. Moron. Dismissed.

Replace him with a Life Skills student for an upgrade in policy decisions.

Posted by: David Behar | Sep 15, 2017 12:06:40 AM

The most demeaning event in Sessions' life was in grade school when he got caught having sex with a dog.

Posted by: Al Jackson | Sep 15, 2017 9:40:35 AM

As I predicted, Trump is going Democrat. Political scientists even have a term for the effect, Nixon to China. It happens every time.

Posted by: David Behar | Sep 15, 2017 9:48:38 AM

All hail, Trump, Liar In Chief, Misogynist In Chief, Groper In Chief, Egomaniac In Chief, Moron In Chief, Xenophobe in Chief, All hail. "Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air. "

Posted by: anon14 | Sep 15, 2017 10:38:41 AM

anon14. The good news is that lawyers are prostitutes. They cannot be humiliated enough to refuse a job.

Posted by: David Behar | Sep 18, 2017 12:55:05 PM

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