Trump hedges on vote of con­fi­dence in Ses­sions

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY DAVE BOYER

The White House wouldn’t say Tues­day whether Pres­i­dent Trump has con­fi­dence in At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions, a sit­u­a­tion that didn’t work out so well last month for then-FBI Di­rec­tor James B. Comey.

Amid re­ports that Mr. Trump is frus­trated with Mr. Ses­sions, a re­porter asked White House press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer if the pres­i­dent has con­fi­dence in Mr. Ses­sions, one of his ear­li­est al­lies and sup­port­ers.

“I have not had that dis­cus­sion with him on the ques­tion,” Mr. Spicer replied.

When the re­porter per­sisted, say­ing the an­swer looked omi­nous for Mr. Ses­sions, Mr. Spicer said, “If I haven’t had a dis­cus­sion with [the pres­i­dent] on a sub­ject, I tend not to speak on it.”

ABC News, cit­ing anony­mous sources, re­ported Tues­day night that Mr. Ses­sions con­sid­ered of­fer­ing his res­ig­na­tion pre­vi­ously be­cause ten­sions have wors­ened with the pres­i­dent. Mr. Trump re­port­edly was an­gered by Mr. Ses­sions’ de­ci­sion in March to re­cuse him­self from any in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­volv­ing Rus­sian med­dling with the cam­paign.

Last month, a re­porter asked Mr. Spicer if Mr. Trump still had con­fi­dence in Mr. Comey, and Mr. Spicer ducked the ques­tion. Soon af­ter that, the pres­i­dent fired Mr. Comey.

The for­mer FBI di­rec­tor is due to tes­tify to the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee on Thurs­day about his in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions that Rus­sia med­dled in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and whether any Trump aides col­luded with Moscow.

Asked by re­porters Tues­day whether he has any mes­sage for Mr. Comey, the pres­i­dent said, “I wish him good luck.”

Law­mak­ers are ex­pected to ask whether Mr. Comey felt pres­sured by the pres­i­dent to drop his in­ves­ti­ga­tion into for­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Michael Flynn.

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