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    Trump Demanded Sessions’ Resignation, Called Him an ‘Idiot’ After Mueller Appointment

    BY: Charles Fain Lehman Follow @CharlesFLehman
    September 14, 2017 5:20 pm


    President Donald Trump insulted and demanded the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions after learning of the appointment of special council Robert Mueller.


    In response to an Oval Office tirade in May, the attorney general offered the president a letter of resignation, the New York Times reported. It took the lobbying of several close advisers to stop Trump from accepting it.


    On May 17, Trump was in an Oval Office meeting to discuss the replacement of fired FBI Director James Comey. The attorney general was present, along with Vice President Mike Pence and White House Counsel Don McGahn.


    Midway through the meeting, McGahn took a phone call from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The deputy attorney general had been responsible for overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election since Sessions had recused himself from the role. Rosenstein informed McGahn that, bowing to Congressional pressure, he had opted to appoint Mueller special counsel. McGahn hung up, and told Trump.


    Trump immediately lit into his attorney general, calling Sessions an "idiot," telling him that appointing him attorney general was one of the worst decisions he had made, and telling him to resign. Sessions, according to accounts from administration officials, was visibly shaken, and told Trump that he would resign. He sent Trump a brief letter of resignation shortly thereafter.


    Before Trump could accept Sessions's resignation, however, several top advisers pushed back against the move. Pence, then White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and then White House chief of staff Reince Priebus all told Trump that to accept the resignation would only add to the turmoil within the administration. It would also bring Sessions' former congressional colleagues to his aid, as he previously served as a senator from Alabama for twenty years.


    Politico first reported in July that the attorney general once submitted a letter or resignation, but the circumstances surrounding that submission were previously unclear.


    While Trump did not fire the former senator, he did continue to attack him in the press and on Twitter. In July, Trump told the Times he would not have appointed Sessions had he known the attorney general would recuse himself. He also blasted Sessions in a number of tweets, calling him "beleaguered" and saying his position on Hillary Clinton's email misuse was "weak."


    Trump's attack on Sessions represents a 180 degree turn in their relationship from the days of the 2016 campaign. Sessions was the first sitting senator to endorse Trump in the 2016 Republican primary.



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    President Trump will be closer to that label if he continues to push amnesty.
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    The way Trump treated Jeff Sessions was horrible. Quite honestly, he was a jerk!

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    Trump won because of Jeff Sessions

    He was the first one out the gate to support Trump and put his neck on the line or we would have NOT voted for Trump

    We want Sessions because he is hard line Rule of Law and DEPORTATION!

    TRUMP YOU ARE TURNING INTO A SWAMP RAT...GET OUT OF THE SEWER AND BACK ON TRACK

    GET JARED AND IVANKA OUT...WE DID NOT VOTE FOR THEM

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    Trump Humiliated Jeff Sessions After Mueller Appointment

    By Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman

    Sept. 14, 2017





    WASHINGTON — 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 the attorney general 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.

    But he may be losing that battle as well. Mr. Sessions played a prominent role announcing the end of the Obama-era program that provided protection to the children of undocumented immigrants, only to see his boss backtrack on the policy. On Thursday morning, Mr. Trump confirmed he had reached a deal with Democrats to provide protections for the so-called “Dreamers.”

    This account is based on interviews with seven administration officials and others familiar with the interactions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Sessions in recent months who requested anonymity because they are not permitted to speak publicly about confidential conversations between the president and his aides. Politico first reported in July that Mr. Sessions had once offered his resignation letter, but the circumstances that prompted the letter — and Mr. Trump’s dressing down of the attorney general — have not previously been reported.

    Spokespeople for the White House and Justice Department declined to comment.

    The president’s outburst came in the middle of an Oval Office meeting Mr. Trump had with top advisers on May 17, to discuss candidates to take over the F.B.I. after the president fired its director, James B. Comey, earlier that month. In addition to Mr. Sessions, Vice President Mike Pence, Donald F. McGahn III, the White House counsel, and several other aides attended the meeting.

    In the middle of the meeting, Mr. McGahn received a phone call from Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who had been overseeing the Russia investigation since Mr. Sessions recused himself from the inquiry months earlier. Mr. Sessions had stepped aside after it was revealed he had not provided accurate testimony to Congress about his meetings with the Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign.

    In the telephone call to Mr. McGahn, Mr. Rosenstein said he had decided to appoint Mr. Mueller to be a special counsel for the investigation. Congress had been putting pressure on Mr. Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel to put distance between the Trump administration and the Russia investigation, and just the day before The New York Times had revealed that Mr. Trump had once asked Mr. Comey to end the F.B.I.’s investigation into Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser.

    When the phone call ended, Mr. McGahn relayed the news to the president and his aides. Almost immediately, Mr. Trump lobbed a volley of insults at Mr. Sessions, telling the attorney general it was his fault they were in the current situation. Mr. Trump told Mr. Sessions that choosing him to be attorney general was one of the worst decisions he had made, called him an “idiot,” and said that he should resign.

    An emotional Mr. Sessions told the president he would resign and left the Oval Office. That evening, as the Justice Department publicly announced the appointment of Mr. Mueller, the attorney general wrote a brief resignation letter to the president that was later sent to the White House. A person familiar with the events raised the possibility that Mr. Sessions had become emotional because the impact of his recusal was becoming clear.

    In the hours after the Oval Office meeting, however, Mr. Trump’s top advisers intervened to save Mr. Sessions’s job. Mr. Pence, Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist at the time, and Reince Priebus, his chief of staff, all advised that accepting Mr. Sessions’s resignation would only sow more chaos inside the administration and rally Republicans in Congress against the president. Mr. Sessions, a former Alabama senator, served in the Senate for two decades.

    The president relented, and eventually returned the resignation letter to Mr. Sessions — with a handwritten response on it.

    For Mr. Sessions, the aggressiveness with which Mr. Trump has sought his removal was a blow. The son of a general store owner in a small town in Alabama, Mr. Sessions had long wanted to be the nation’s top federal law enforcement official or to serve in another top law enforcement or judicial post. He earned a reputation in the Senate as someone tough on immigration, and was the first senator to back Mr. Trump in the presidential campaign.

    But their relationship began to deteriorate little more than a month after Mr. Trump was sworn in as president, after Mr. Sessions’s announcement that he was recusing himself from the Russia inquiry caught Mr. Trump by surprise.

    The president spent months stewing about the recusal. In a July 19 interview with The Times, Mr. Trump said he never would have appointed Mr. Sessions to be attorney general if he knew he was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Mr. Trump called the decision “very unfair to the president.”

    Days after the Times interview, Mr. Trump told aides he wanted to replace Mr. Sessions. Some of the president’s aides, not sure if Mr. Trump really wanted the attorney general gone or was just working through his anger, were able to delay the firing until the president’s anger passed.

    But Mr. Trump continued his public attacks in the days that followed, including taking to Twitter to call him “weak” — a word that is among the harshest criticisms in Mr. Trump’s arsenal.

    Administration officials and some of Mr. Trump’s outside advisers have puzzled at Mr. Sessions’s decision to stay on. But people close to Mr. Sessions said that he did not leave because he had a chance to have an impact on what he sees as an issue of his career: curtailing legal and illegal immigration.

    In recent weeks, he has spearheaded the effort to undo what he believed to be the Obama administration’s dangerously lenient immigration policies, including the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program.

    Mr. Sessions had no illusions about converting Mr. Trump to his side of the argument — Mr. Trump remains deeply ambivalent — and he had no illusions about repairing a damaged relationship he had once regarded as a friendship. But he told people he felt he had successfully pushed the president toward ending the Obama immigration policy, and thought it had given him increased leverage in the West Wing.

    The president agreed to terminate the program, and on Sept. 5 Mr. Sessions stood alone at a lectern — a moment that seemed to be a significant victory for the attorney general.

    But his satisfaction was fleeting. Mr. Trump quickly undercut Mr. Sessions in a tweet by saying he would reconsider whether or not to end the program, leading the attorney general to tell allies that he was frustrated that the president had muddled months of work leading to the announcement of the new policy.

    On Thursday morning, taking a vastly different position than the one Mr. Sessions had announced on Sept. 5, the president tweeted about the need for protections for people brought here “through no fault of their own.”



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    God bless you, Jeff Sessions, and may the devil take your soul if you sign an illegal alien amnesty into law, Donald Trump!

    Too bad President Trump doesn't share AG Sessions convictions on all issues concerning immigration. If he did, amnesty for illegals would never be a concern.





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    If Jeff Sessions ran for President I would have voted for him hands down

    Mr. Sessions...get ready to run in 2020
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    Ha-Ha - not so quick trump as we have laws and law abiders and we want them in positions of power - trump should too! Call javanka, kelly, mcmasters idiots instead - or does he think more highly of them and only used Sessions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by artist View Post
    Ha-Ha - not so quick trump as we have laws and law abiders and we want them in positions of power - trump should too! Call javanka, kelly, mcmasters idiots instead - or does he think more highly of them and only used Sessions?
    Good observation. Remember, it was Bannon who went to Sessions and convinced him to board the Trump choo-choo. Perhaps Sessions was just being used for the credibility he added to the ticket. It wasn't Trump that went to Sessions, it was Bannon. It was also Bannon that first shaped Trump's immigration message. Of course later on I believe Sessions had a lot of input into the messege too. Just speculating on the possibility of what you said about Sessions being used.

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    Sessions told trump to fire rosenstein, trump did not and eventually rosenstein was able to select meuller. rosenstein swears up and down he will not allow the investigaton to go any further than russia election interference. Say what you will - actions count.

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