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Report: Trump Called AG an Idiot, Told Him to Quit

Jeff Sessions 'humiliated' in Oval Office meeting

(Newser) - President Trump treated his own attorney general as harshly as any failed Apprentice contestant in a heated Oval Office meeting earlier this year, White House insiders say. The New York Times , citing multiple anonymous sources, reports that Trump, angered by the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the... More »

Sessions Floats Controversial Idea to Catch Leakers

Axios reports he might require all NSC staffers to take lie detector tests

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly considering a controversial idea to catch White House leakers. Axios reports that Sessions has floated a proposal to make all 100 or so staffers at the National Security Council take a lie detector test. The purpose of the polygraph would be to figure out... More »

Ken Starr: Trump Needs a Lesson From Nixon

'Profoundly misguided' attacks on Jeff Sessions threaten our rule of law, Starr writes

(Newser) - Kenneth Starr headed the investigation that ultimately led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment. That's an important fact to remember given that Starr says President Trump's recent attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions are "one of the most outrageous—and profoundly misguided—courses of presidential conduct I... More »

Trump Slams Sessions Again, but Giuliani Denies He's Up Next

Report claimed Trump was considering Giuliani for AG

(Newser) - First, President Trump told the New York Times that he regretted making Jeff Sessions his attorney general because of Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian investigation. On Monday, Trump piled on, referring to Sessions as "beleaguered" in a tweet . "So why aren't the Committees and... More »

Sessions: I'll Stay 'As Long as That Is Appropriate'

Attorney general addresses Trump's criticism of him

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he has no plans to resign in the wake of President Trump's criticism of him, but he seemed to add a qualifier: "We love this job. We love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that... More »

Sessions' Testimony Will Be Open to Public

A Senate panel will grill him on his meetings with Russian officials

(Newser) - Another day of White House drama before a Senate panel: Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday will be open to the public, reports Politico . Sessions made the request for the open hearing himself. The attorney general is expected to be questioned over his meetings... More »

Insiders: After Trump Anger, Sessions Offered to Resign

Trump refused the offer, sources say

(Newser) - The Russia investigation caused so much tension between President Trump and Jeff Sessions that the attorney general offered to step down, insiders say. Sessions—a longstanding Trump ally who was the first GOP senator to support his candidacy—made the offer in recent weeks after Trump was infuriated by his... More »

Number of US Attorneys Replaced: 0 of 93

Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn't named anyone after mass firing

(Newser) - The short version of how the Justice Department operates is that the attorney general lays down policy and 93 US Attorneys around the nation implement it. But the Washington Post reports that current AG Jeff Sessions has an unusual situation three months into the new administration: He has yet to... More »

Iowa Sues Over 'Drinkable Sunscreen'

Osmosis claims its product is equivalent to SPF 30

(Newser) - The state of Iowa thinks a company's claim that people can protect themselves by drinking sunscreen is a bunch of hooey. In a consumer fraud lawsuit filed in Polk County District Court, Attorney General Tom Miller argues that Colorado-based company Osmosis has been selling what it claims is the... More »

Al Franken: Jeff Sessions Perjured Himself

He wants AG to explain himself before committee

(Newser) - Senate Judiciary Committee member Al Franken thinks Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed perjury during his confirmation hearings—and he wants him to explain himself in another appearance before the committee. With his failure to disclose talks with Russia's ambassador under questioning, "it's hard to come to any... More »

Report Sees a Problem With Sessions' Explanation

Says he met with Russian as a senator, but he used political funds to pay airfare

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has just complicated Jeff Sessions' explanation about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. The attorney general has acknowledged that he met at least twice with Sergei Kislyak during the campaign, but he says he did so in his capacity as a senator rather than as a... More »

Sessions: I'll Step Off Russia Inquiry When 'Appropriate'

AG doesn't seem up for resigning, though, after Russian ambassador chats revealed

(Newser) - More Democrats are calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions over a Washington Post report that he didn't reveal during his confirmation hearing he'd met with Russia's ambassador to the US while Election 2016 was in full swing. The latest to climb aboard the resignation... More »

Pelosi on Sessions: 'The Attorney General Must Resign'

Fallout over his meetings with Russian ambassador intensifies

(Newser) - Democrats don't just think that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from an investigation into Russian ties with the Trump campaign, they think he should step down from his post, period. "The Attorney General must resign," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote in a statement, per... More »

Sessions Didn't Disclose Talks With Russian Ambassador: DOJ

But his spokesperson insists they had nothing to do with Trump campaign

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions spoke with Russia's ambassador to the US twice in 2016, but he didn't disclose those communications during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general. When asked about possible contact between Moscow representatives and Trump campaign members, Sessions specifically said he "did not have communications with... More »

Jeff Sessions Confirmed as US Attorney General

Democrats put up what fight they could

(Newser) - The Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General in a vote Wednesday night, Mediaite reports. Democrats put up what fight they could with late-night sessions on Monday and Tuesday— CNN reports they battled Sessions' confirmation for 30 hours on the Senate floor—but in the end it wasn't... More »

Senate Votes to Silence Elizabeth Warren

She read letter from MLK's widow

(Newser) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren read a letter from Martin Luther King's widow outside the Senate chamber Tuesday night—after she was banned from speaking inside. In what the Washington Post calls an "extraordinarily rare move," the GOP-controlled Senate voted to silence Warren for impugning the character of attorney... More »

2015 Video of Sessions, Yates Is 'Prophetic'

Sessions told Yates to 'say no' to 'improper' requests

(Newser) - The advice Jeff Sessions offered Sally Yates during her 2015 confirmation hearing then seemed ordinary. It now appears "prophetic," per Boing Boing . "You have to watch out" because the president may make "improper" requests "and you need to say no," Sessions tells Yates in... More »

New Acting AG Will Enforce Trump Immigration Order

But Dana Boente has just days to go on the job

(Newser) - Dana Boente was sworn in as acting attorney general Monday night after President Trump fired Sally Yates for defying his immigration order, but he won't be in the job for long: The long-serving federal prosecutor will be replaced by GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions as soon as he receives Senate... More »

Trump Fires Acting AG After Her Act of Defiance

Obama holdover Sally Yates is out after refusing to defend immigration order

(Newser) - An Obama holdover who was temporarily running the Justice Department just got fired by President Trump after an act of defiance. Mere hours after acting attorney general Sally Yates said the department would not defend Trump's refugee executive order in court while she was in charge, Trump made sure... More »

Booker Makes History in Testimony Against Sessions

A senator has never testified against a fellow senator during a Cabinet hearing

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions' two-day confirmation hearing came to a close Wednesday with something that's never happened before: a current senator testifying against another current senator up for a Cabinet position. CNN reports Sen. Cory Booker, despite having worked well with the attorney general nominee in the past, said his "... More »

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