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Report: Sessions Offered to Quit Amid Rift With Trump on Russia

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 Jun 2017 08:00 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently suggested resigning amid increasing tensions with President Donald Trump as former FBI Director James Comey's Senate testimony nears, according to news reports Tuesday.

The rift apparently stems from Sessions' recusal in March from the Justice Department's Russia investigation, sources told ABC News.

The attorney general reportedly told President Trump of his decision only "minutes" before he announced it, the sources said.

"Multiple sources say the recusal is one of the top disappointments of his presidency so far and one the president has remained fixated on," ABC News reported.

In addition, "Trump's anger over the recusal has not diminished with time.

"Two sources close to the president say he lashed out repeatedly at the attorney general in private meetings, blaming the recusal for the expansion of the Russian investigation," which is now headed by special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Further, "sources say the frustration runs both ways," prompting the attorney general's offer to step down, according to the report.

Comey is scheduled to testify Thursday in public session before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment on the ABC News report.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined Tuesday to say whether Trump still had confidence in Sessions.

"I have not had that discussion with him," Spicer told reporters at the daily briefing.

When pressed further, the spokesman responded: "I said I have not had a discussion with him on the question.

"I don't. . . . If I haven't had a discussion about a subject, I tend not to speak about it."

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