A rift has developed between U.S. President Donald trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions who reportedly has offered to resign from his post. The rift is over Sessions’ decision to excuse himself from the investigation by the Department of Justice into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Trump blamed the AG for the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russia probe. The president had also berated Sessions privately, The New York Post reported.

Misleading Congress on meeting with Russian ambassador

In March, Sessions admitted that he misled Congress on his meeting with Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington.

He did not disclose the meeting when Sessions applied for a security clearance with the DOJ. The clearance requires disclosure of any contact with a foreign government or representatives over the past seven years.

It is not just Sessions, but also other Trump officials who had contacts with foreign governments which has led to the Russia investigations. They include former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The DOJ has declined to comment on the AG’s offer of resignation. Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he has not discussed with Trump if the president still has confidence in Sessions.

Politically correct version of travel ban

Trump’s anger at Sessions has also extended to the DOJ whom the president criticized for the way the department handled the travel ban pushed by the billionaire.

He tweeted that the DOJ should have stayed with the original travel ban and not submitted to the Supreme Court a watered-down and politically correct version. The Washington Post found Trump’s tweets odd because it was the president who signed the executive order that promulgated the revised version.

It was the same anger that made Trump fire FBI Director James Comey who refused to bow down to the president’s pressure to drop the investigation on Flynn.

It all points to the Russian meddling in the 2016 election which apparently benefitted Trump.

Both Comey and Sessions have been summoned by the Senate Intelligence Committee that is conducting its own investigation into the Russian interference. Both Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin denied any meddling. Comey’s testimony on Thursday, which the president did not object to for fear it would be worse, is expected to reveal details of his private conversation with Trump.

The Washington Post pointed out that Trump’s anger at Comey and Sessions arises from the failure by the two administration officials to show their loyalty to the president.

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