Sessions threatened to quit if Trump fires Rod Rosenstein, news report says

President Donald Trump discusses firing Mueller or Rosenstein

Sessions feared the meeting would be confrontational and might lead to Rosenstein's dismissal, but according to McGahn the conversation remained cordial, the Post reported on Saturday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly told the White House that he may quit should President Trump fire Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein - the latest in a tense standoff between the White House and the Justice Department.

Meanwhile, sources familiar with the call say Sessions wasn't threatening to resign, but was highlighting the hard situation he would be put in if Rosenstein was sacked.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Sources instructed Fox Information that Rosenstein instructed Trump he's not a goal of the investigation into Cohen.

Ever since Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided the home and office of his lawyer Michael Cohen earlier this month, Trump has been egged on by some of his strongest supporters to strike back at Mueller.

While Trump has made Sessions a regular public punching bag, attacking him on multiple occasions, such a resignation would risk plunging the White House into crisis.

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In the wake of the revelations, Trump openly discussed firing Rosenstein among his advisers and the White House drafted a list of talking points meant to discredit the deputy attorney general. His base, which is maybe 30% of the country, will stick with him (hell, he could rape a 5 year old on national television while wearing an "I love Satan" t-shirt and they would rationalize it away), but no one else would. "That is the issue".

Trump has sparred repeatedly with Sessions though the punches have been thrown nearly exclusively by the president.

On coverage, Trump has embraced an excessive amount of what Periods is doing on the Justice Division. Jerry Brown in particular over the state's policies on illegal immigration.

However, Trump is said to have backed off after Rosenstein told him during a visit to the White House last week that he was not a target of the Cohen probe.

However whereas the specter of firing has been lengthy held over Periods' head, it has not come to cross - at the same time as quite a few Cupboard officers and White Home workers have both resigned or been ousted.

Rosenstein, too, has faced a similar grilling from Trump. In June of final 12 months, Trump complained that he was "being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the person who instructed me to fireplace the FBI Director".

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