Jeff Sessions offered to resign after rising tension with Trump

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During his daily press briefing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared to acknowledge that tweets written by President Trump amounted to official policy. Spicer said, "I have not had a discussion with him (Trump) about that".

As the White House braces for former FBI Director James Comey's testimony Thursday, sources tell ABC News the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become so tense that Sessions at one point recently even suggested he could resign. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who last month was appointed special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, now oversees the investigation.

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Trump has been angry with Sessions, one of his most vocal and earliest supporters, ever since Sessions recused himself in March from the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible connections between Moscow and Trump campaign aides. Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump early in the presidential campaign a year ago when few Republican lawmakers supported the candidate. Though it is unclear what drove Sessions to take this step, his resignation plea was immediately turned down by Trump, stating that while he might not agree with the attorney general's actions, he still had enough faith in him to keep him in his administration, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Trump told people at the time that he anxious the decision would be seen as an admission of defeat - and has continued to express frustrations with the Justice Department's actions.

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The decision was prompted by Sessions' failure to disclose conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States during his confirmation hearing.

Still, tensions linger. On Monday, Trump derided the revised travel ban and criticized his own Justice Department's handling of the controversial case.

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If Sessions was to resign, it would be a big blow for Trump's administration since the president and the attorney general share many common views including crime and immigration. Sessions said he was acting in his capacity as a senator in those meetings and not as a Trump campaign surrogate, but nevertheless concluded he should not be involved in any investigation having to do with the campaign.

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