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WashPost: Sessions Tries to Find Way Back to Trump's Good Graces

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By    |   Thursday, 11 January 2018 10:53 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been making policy decisions that he hopes will please President Donald Trump, two White House advisers said, according to The Washington Post.

Sessions has asked White House aides to make sure that Trump is aware of his actions, telling allies that he hopes his decisions will bring about positive news coverage that will please the president, such as directing federal prosecutors to look into Hillary Clinton's private email server use, settling lawsuits with tea party groups, and rolling back Obama-era guidelines, the newspaper reported.

The attorney general's team has put together a campaign focusing on its work to push the president's agenda, and the department is looking into issues that Trump has publicly complained about, the report said.

Trump advisers such as White House counsel Donald McGahn and Kellyanne Conway have spoken to the president on Sessions' behalf, noting his policy successes such as helping to reduce illegal border crossings, The Post reported.

However, the newspaper said Sessions has not been able to repair his relationship with the president, who rarely speaks to him and Sessions and has rejected praise for him, four White House officials and advisers told The Post.

Even a parody of Sessions by comedian Kate McKinnon on "Saturday Night Live" turns off the president. Trump found the portrayal "insulting," The Post reported.

The president remains unhappy that Sessions decided to recuse himself from the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Post noted.

"He's one of the most active Cabinet secretaries there is. He's done a fine job. Does it wash away the sin of recusal? I don't think so," one White House official told the newspaper.

One official said that despite Trump's criticism, Sessions "really, really believes in the president" and is "almost in awe of the president's political instincts," the report said.

On Thursday, Sessions announced that the Justice Department has put together a team to investigate individuals and groups that support the militant group Hezbollah.

"The Justice Department will leave no stone unturned to eliminate threats to our citizens from terrorist organizations and to stem the tide of the devastating drug crisis," Sessions said, The Hill reported.

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