Immediately after learning of the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign ties to Russia, President Donald Trump “humiliated” Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Oval Office with a tirade of brutal insults, per the New York Times.
“Mr. Trump told Mr. Sessions that choosing him to be attorney general was one of the worst decisions he had made, called him an ‘idiot,’ and said that he should resign,” after being informed of his recusal.
That’s from a new Times report by Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman that sheds some more light on Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the investigation which led to the appointment of a special counsel, a move that infuriated Trump as has been previously reported.
According to a number of officials briefed on the matter that spoke to the Times, Trump held a meeting in the Oval Office after the recusal in May and “unleashed a string of insults on his attorney general” in front of several other White House staffers.
After Trump said Sessions should resign, the AG was “Ashen and emotional,” and “told the president he would quit and sent a resignation letter to the White House.”
“Mr. Sessions would later tell associates that the demeaning way the president addressed him was the most humiliating experience in decades of public life,” the Times reported.
The president reportedly rejected Sessions’ letter of resignation “after senior members of his administration argued that dismissing the attorney general would only create more problems.”
Watch Haberman discuss the report with Jake Tapper above, via CNN.
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