The U.S attorney general has been at a rift with President Donald Trump for several weeks now. Sessions was removed from an inquiry that is investigating Russian meddling in last year's U.S elections where Trump and his associates are accused of colluding with Moscow. ABC News first reported his removal. Trump has previously accused the U.S judiciary which Sessions heads of overturning his travel bans. Several other rifts have occurred in Trump's administration in the past such as the firing on FBI director James Comey. It is not known how long the U.S attorney general will hold on to his position.

He has stated that he is willing to resign if Trump no longer wants him as the U.S attorney general.

Sessions removal from Russian investigations

Sessions was removed from the Russian investigations when revelations were revealed about him contacting Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, The Washington Post was the first to publish the revelations. U.S intelligence agencies concluded that Russia indeed meddled with the U.S 2016 elections and was responsible for the release of Hillary Clinton emails so as to ensure Trump wins the elections.

Sessions confessed to having met the Russian ambassador to the U.S in July of this year at a Republican National Convention. He also held another meeting with him in September last year in his Senate office. He stated that the meeting was long. Sessions came under fire after his appointment in the justice department because he failed to reveal that he has been contacting Kislyak when he applied for security clearance.

The Russian investigations are now being handled by Rod Rosenstein, the U.S deputy attorney general after sessions was removed from the oversight body. The deputy general will be working alongside Former FBI director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russian probe.

James Comey

Comey believed that the FBI should be protected from influence by Trump.

He also told Sessions that interactions between the president and the F.B.I over the Russian investigations were inappropriate. Comey will be questioned on Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on his interactions with Trump and the president's requests to end investigations on Flynn which he kept as a secret. He is likely to be questioned about what he discussed with Trump on the Russian probe. He might be asked whether the president knows he was being investigated and whether he was requested by the president to slow down on the investigations.