WaPo: Sessions might quit if Rosenstein fired

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 21, 2018

A senior administration official told the Post that Sessions has been upset with the way Trump's treated Rosenstein in recent months.

Jeff Sessions has recently declared that he may leave his role as Attorney General if US President Donald Trump fires his colleague, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to the Washington Post.

Rosenstein oversees the probe into possible connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

The Post reported that Sessions called McGahn to glean details of an April 12 meeting that included Trump and Rosenstein, citing a person with knowledge of the call.

It wasn't the first time Sessions had asked White House officials about Rosenstein's standing with the president. At the time, Sessions was concerned Trump was close to dismissing Rosenstein because the president was furious about the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

The deputy attorney general has been overseeing the Russian meddling probe since last spring, when Sessions made a decision to recuse himself. The president reportedly refers to the deputy AG as "Mr. Peepers" - a character from a 1950s television sitcom.

An official with knowledge of Sessions' conversation with McGahn said the AG's statement about resigning was meant more as an attempt to convey transparency and the hard position he'd be put in, should the president give Rosenstein the boot.

The head of the US Department of Justice warned that if his deputy gets fired by the White House administration, he might have no choice but to leave office as well.

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