Spicer won't say whether Trump has confidence in Sessions

Jun 07, 2017, 14:19
Spicer won't say whether Trump has confidence in Sessions

Trump is still angry, says the report, about Sessions' decision to recuse himself from investigations into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

"In fact, much of the past two months of discomfort and self-inflicted pain for Mr. Trump can be tied in some way back to that recusal", suggested The Times.

On Monday, for example, rather than focusing on his administration's planned roll out of a week focused on infrastructure, Trump knocked his Justice Department's handing of his travel ban in the wake of a terrorist attack in London. The ban and a second version written to better withstand legal scrutiny have been held up in court. Trump himself signed both versions of the ban.

During the White House press briefing today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer couldn't say if Trump still had confidence in Sessions.

Spicer said, "I have not had a discussion with him (Trump) about that".

Spicer also passed on two follow-up questions to clarify that statement, offering no further explanation or reaffirmation of the president's past regard for his attorney general.

Comey is scheduled to speak publicly for the first time since he was sacked and since several news outlets reported that his memos showed that Trump sought to persuade him to drop his probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Sessions, 70, occupies a unique role in Trump's world. Sessions was an early endorser of Trump's candidacy, and his former spokesman, Stephen Miller, is now Trump's main speechwriter and a policy adviser. After Trump's unexpected victory, the Alabama senator was given his choice of cabinet positions.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says one of his top priorities is investigating and prosecuting sex crimes against children even though technology has made it easier for criminals to avoid detection.

Trump tweeted on May 12: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" The omission came on the advice of staff and an FBI investigator, the agency said.

With the recusal by Sessions, oversight of Russia-related investigations now falls to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein is scheduled to testify on Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee about US surveillance programs.

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