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At a briefing with reporters earlier today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to say whether the president has confidence in the attorney general. Spicer said, "I have not had a discussion with him (Trump) about that".

However, a new report by Politico claims that Sessions had floated the idea of resignation in late May, days before Trump's scheduled worldwide tour of the Middle East, according to a close confidant of the attorney general.

This is not the response many expected from President Donald Trump.

But in March, Sessions chose 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 past year. Sessions announced his recusal shortly after he became attorney general and a day after The Washington Post revealed that he had twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign and did not disclose that fact to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his January confirmation hearing.


Moreover, Sessions did not meet with Trump to discuss his recusal before taking the decision.

In the three months since Sessions stepped aside, the intensity of the probe has grown exponentially - culminating in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel. Trump rewarded Sessions after his election with one of the most coveted jobs in any administration, the opportunity to lead the Justice Department.

On Monday, he took to Twitter to publicly criticize the department's legal strategy in defending his proposed travel ban barring the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries into the United States.

Sessions was the first sitting United States senator to endorse Trump and became one of his top advisers on the campaign trail.

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