Trump has confidence in Sessions, says spokeswoman

Despite recent new stories highlighting President Trump's anger and frustration with his Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
By Harry Marcolis | Jun 09, 2017
Despite recent new stories highlighting President Trump's anger and frustration with his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters in a daily briefing that the chief executive "absolutely" has confidence him.

The vote of confidence came as former FBI Director James Comey testified about his firing by Trump and the Russia probe.

Trump's anger at the attorney general stems from the way he handled the White House's now-defunct travel ban and for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, according to Bloomberg.

"The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the origin Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted," Trump tweeted, although he, not the Department of Justice, signed both versions of the ban.

Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the Russia investigation following reports that he did not disclose during his confirmation hearings conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in 2016. He also failed to disclose these contacts when he applied for his security clearance.

Trump reportedly blames Session's recusal for the appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel.

But Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on Fox News Wednesday that Sessions had to recuse himself.

"If President Trump is listening tonight, Jeff Sessions had no alternative, Mr. President.," said Graham. "As a lawyer, he had to get out of the way of this investigation because he was so close to your campaign. The American people would not tolerate someone being part of the campaign investigating the campaign."

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