Spicer won't say whether Trump has confidence in Sessions

Violet Tucker
June 7, 2017

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.

"I have not had that discussion with him", Spicer told reporters during a White House briefing, adding: "if I haven't had a discussion with him about a subject, I tend not to speak about it". White House officials have not responded to requests for comment. I have not had that discussion with him.

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have had a series of heated exchanges in the last several weeks after Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, a source close to Sessions told CNN Tuesday.

Tensions between the two led Sessions to offer his resignation.

Sessions remains at the Justice Department, where a spokeswoman told CNN that he is not stepping down.

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But in March, Sessions made a decision to recuse himself from any investigations into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, after it was disclosed that he had met twice with the Russian ambassador to the US previous year.

Sessions didn't address President Donald Trump's criticism of the Department of Justice's legal strategy to defend a travel ban before the Supreme Court.

The situation between Sessions and Trump has grown so tense that the attorney general told Trump in recent weeks that he needed the freedom to do his job and that he could resign if that was what was wanted, according to the two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House matters.

The Alabama-born lawyer recused himself from the investigation after it emerged he had lied about meeting Russian diplomats during the poisonous election campaign which the Kremlin allegedly tried to disrupt using hackers and online trolls. Trump told NBC News that he fired Comey in part because of the Russian Federation probe and Comey, in a memo about a private talk, said Trump pressured him to drop his investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Material from the Washington Post was used in this report.

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