Immediately after Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, an enraged Donald Trump went off on “idiot” Jeff Sessions. The barrage of insults happened while Trump and his staff were meeting in the office office and White House lawyer Don McGahn got a call informing him of Robert Mueller’s appointment as Special Counsel. From the New York Times:
When the phone call ended, Mr. McGahn relayed the news to the president and his aides. Almost immediately, Mr. Trump lobbed a volley of insults at Mr. Sessions, telling the attorney general it was his fault they were in the current situation. 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.
Jeff Sessions was reportedly devastated by the verbal attack:
Ashen and emotional, Mr. Sessions told the president he would quit and sent a resignation letter to the White House, according to four people who were told details of the meeting. Mr. Sessions would later tell associates that the demeaning way the president addressed him was the most humiliating experience in decades of public life.
Ultimately, his resignation was rejected:
Mr. Trump ended up rejecting Mr. Sessions’s May resignation letter after senior members of his administration argued that dismissing the attorney general would only create more problems for a president who had already fired an F.B.I. director and a national security adviser. Mr. Trump once again, in July, told aides he wanted to remove Mr. Sessions, but for a second time didn’t take action.
It is absolutely incredible Jeff Sessions didn’t resign that day. But, with his eye on ripping apart families and kicking out hardworking, tax paying DREAMers, he must’ve decided it was best to swallow his pride and move forward with his racist agenda. Everything has a price in Donald Trump’s swamp.