President Trump is facing pressure from aides not to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Reuters reported Wednesday.
Aides have warned the president that ousting his longtime political ally and top law enforcement official would only add to the controversies mounting around his administration in the wake of his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last month.
But despite the pressure, one source noted that Trump does not always stick to the advice of his aides and associates.
“That’s the advice he’s been given. But he might not listen to that advice,” the source told Reuters.
Sessions reportedly recently offered to resign, telling the president that he needed the freedom to perform his job, though Trump ultimately did not accept the offer.
Trump is said to be upset by Sessions’s decision in March to recuse himself from all matters regarding the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
The president is also said to blame Sessions for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s decision last month to appoint a special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation. While the appointment took both Trump and Sessions by surprise, the president has pointed the finger at Sessions’s recusal.