Boxed in: Trump felt no choice but to keep Sessions

Asked whether President Donald Trump still has "confidence" in his attorney general, Spicer said, "I have not had that discussion with him".

That Trump ranks Sessions taking himself out of the direct line of fire as one of his "top disappointments" is yet more evidence that Trump isn't any better at weighing his real issues than he is at anything else.

According to sources which spoke to the news outlet on condition of anonymity, the friction between President Trump and the former Alabama senator stems from Mr. Sessions' decision in March to recuse himself from any investigations related to the Russian election hacking probe.

During the hearing, Comey explained that Trump's question about his loyalty came "in context of asking me to stay" on as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "And, I don't want to comment too much on that news or any news of the day", Conway said.

The relationship between President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become so tense, Sessions offered to resign, according to an ABC News report based on unnamed sources.

Sessions did not reveal his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary during his confirmation hearing, an omission which prompted Republican and Democratic lawmakers' to call for Sessions to distance himself from the investigation. He was the first senator to endorse him as a candidate, and defended him without reservation through the darkest moments of the campaign.

Spicer previously refused to say whether the President had confidence in then-FBI Director James Comey hours before Trump suddenly fired him. "The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.", Trump posted on Twitter on Monday, June 5. The view within the Justice Department is that Spicer's unwillingness to state the president's confidence was inartful but not an omen.

But people close to Sessions say Trump misjudged if he expected Sessions, whom one of them described as a "boy scout", to play that game.

Trump has decided that media inquires would best be handled by his outside lawyer in NY instead of a team inside the White House, the magazine reported late Tuesday.

According to the Politico media outlet, citing sources close to the attorney general, Sessions' offer came just before the first foreign trip of Trump's and came in response to the president's negative reaction to the fact that Sessions chose to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian interference.

  • Larry Hoffman