White House chief of staff retired Gen. John Kelly has reportedly given Attorney General Jeff Sessions assurances that he will not be fired from the Justice Department. President Donald Trump had been publicly critical of Sessions, calling his job security into question.
Only July 28, Kelly was tapped to run Trump's White House after the resignation of former chief of staff Reince Priebus. Kelly had previously been serving as the Trump administration's Homeland Security Secretary.
On July 29, Kelly personally phoned Sessions and told him that he would continue heading the DOJ for the foreseeable future, a source familiar with the conversation told the Associated Press.
Kelly reportedly told Sessions that while Trump remained dissatisfied with his job performance, he would not ask for his resignation.
Trump has publicly blasted Sessions for not curbing the amount of leaks emerging from their administration and for recusing himself from the federal probe into Russia's role during the election.
On July 19, Trump stated that he would not have hired Sessions had he known that the attorney general would disentangle himself from the Russia investigation.
"Well, Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else," Trump told The New York Times.
On March 2, Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe following reports that he had not disclosed previous contacts with Russian officials during his confirmation hearing.
Over time, Trump took to social media to intensify his criticism of the attorney general.
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!" Trump tweeted out on July 25.
On July 27, Sessions said that he found Trump's public criticisms "kind of hurtful."
"He has had a lot of criticisms and he's steadfastly determined to get his job done, and he wants all of us to do our jobs and that's what I intended to do," Sessions told Fox News.
That same day, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina vowed that he and his colleagues would revolt if Sessions was forced to resign.
"I'm 100 percent behind Jeff Sessions," Graham told CNN. "If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay."
"This effort to basically marginalize and humiliate the attorney general is not going over well in the Senate," Graham continued. "If you believe Jeff Sessions should be fired, use the power you have and accept the consequences."