Sessions Reportedly Said He Might Quit If Rosenstein Were Fired

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the White House last weekend that if President Donald Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, it may prompt his departure as well, The Washington Post reported.

Sessions had also asked for details of April 12 meeting between Trump and Rosenstein and was reportedly relieved when he was told that the encounter was cordial, the daily said. President Donald Trump called the raid and investigation of Cohen, his personal lawyer, a "disgraceful situation" and "a total witch hunt".

Trump allies in the White House and Fox News have been calling for the firing of Rod Rosenstein for months, incensed that he is allowing the probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election to continue.

Sessions' concerns were reportedly fueled by Trump taking a dim view of Rosenstein approving a recent Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the president's personal attorney Michael Cohen. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is also the man who past year had appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the probe, striving to prove the alleged Trump campaign's collusion with Russian Federation.

Sessions's message to the White House, which has not previously been reported, underscores the political firestorm that Trump would invite should he attempt to remove the deputy attorney general. A senior administration official told The Post that Sessions does not approve of the way Trump has treated Rosenstein and has felt that way for months. Given Trump's very public anger with Sessions for recusing himself in the first place, this might well make Trump more likely to fire Rosenstein, not less.

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