Sessions Lacks Trump’s Confidence After Recusal

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions still is trying to find his way back into President Trump’s good graces, reports the Washington Post. For months, Sessions has asked White House aides to make sure the president knows what he is doing at the Justice Department, and hopes policy decisions that get news coverage will please Trump. Sessions’s team has crafted a public campaign to highlight the work it is doing to advance the president’s agenda. The department has begun looking into matters that Trump has publicly complained are not being pursued. Trump advisers, including Donald McGahn and Kellyanne Conway, have pressed Trump to give his attorney general a second chance. They note DOJ has helped reduce illegal border crossings and carried out a presidential initiatives, such as cracking down on leaks and targeting the MS-13 street gang.

Sessions, an early Trump backer who gave up a safe Senate seat to join the administration, has been unable to repair his relationship with the president. Trump has dismissed praise of Sessions as he continues raging about Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the probe into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible coordination with the Trump’s campaign. “He’s one of the most active Cabinet secretaries there is,” one White House official said. “He’s done a fine job. Does it wash away the sin of recusal? I don’t think so.” Trump rarely speaks to Sessions. The attorney general’s staff chats with Chief of Staff John Kelly, and McGahn has regular lunches with Sessions, sometimes with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump has quick word associations with people and Sessions does not evoke positive thoughts. “Weak,” the president will say. Trump doesn’t consider Sessions to be loyal, a key trait to him.

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