White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has acknowledged that President Donald Trump is allegedly pressuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign from the Department of Justice. Several of Sessions' allies have asserted that the attorney general has no intention of stepping down.
On July 25, Scaramucci was asked during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if Trump was attempting to oust Sessions.
"I do know the president very well, and if there's this level of tension in the relationship, that that's public, then you're probably right," Scaramucci said, according to the Washington Times.
"I don't want to speak for the president on that because he's a Cabinet official, and I sort of think that has to be between the president of the United States and the Cabinet official," Scaramucci added.
That same day, the communications director again addressed the friction between Trump and Sessions during a press conference.
"I think Jeff Sessions was an incredible campaigner for the president," Scaramucci said from the White House lawn, according to the Washington Examiner. "He was there early for him. There's obviously an issue in the relationship ... We'll get to a resolution shortly."
On July 19, Trump asserted that he would not have appointed Sessions had he known that the attorney general would recuse himself from the federal probe into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia.
"Well, Sessions should never have 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 amid controversy over his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential race. The attorney general had not disclosed the contacts during his confirmation hearing. Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump during the 2016 race and served as a foreign policy adviser for the campaign.
Trump has aired his displeasure with Sessions on social media, asserting that the attorney general was not doing enough to defend his White House.
"So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?" Trump tweeted out on July 24.
On July 25, Trump took to Twitter again: "Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!"
That same day, a Trump associate alleged that the president had called him and asked what would happened if he outright fired Sessions, Axios reports.
The Trump associate asserted that he advised Trump to leverage his political capital to fire special counsel Robert Mueller from the federal probe into Russia instead.
Meanwhile, Sessions' allies have asserted that the attorney general is furious about Trump's public comments.
"Sessions is totally pissed off about it," a Sessions associate told The Daily Beast. "It's beyond insane. It's cruel and it's insane and it's stupid."
Another Sessions ally asserted that the attorney general was "not going anywhere. He is not going to resign."