Sessions 'threatened to resign' if his deputy fired

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President Donald Trump on Saturday denied a new report in the Washington Post alleging that Trump will refer to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "Mr. Magoo", an old cartoon character of an elderly man with poor vision.

Rosenstein oversees the investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. The FBI raided Cohen's office, house and hotel room earlier this month.

That apparently took the pressure off, one week after Rosenstein made it known he was at "peace" with being fired, should Trump decide.

Trump, who still hasn't ruled out removing Rosenstein and Mueller at some point, signalled his shift in approach to them on Wednesday (April 18), responding to a reporter's question about their fate by saying they are "still here".

Meanwhile, sources familiar with the call say Sessions wasn't threatening to resign, but was highlighting the hard situation he would be put in if Rosenstein was sacked. In June of a year ago, Trump complained that he was "being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director".

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A senior administration official told The Post that Sessions is concerned over the way Trump has recently treated Rosenstein, and that he's repeatedly asked White House officials for the president's assessment of the deputy attorney general.

Bloomberg News also reported Thursday that Rosenstein told Trump last week that he was not a target of any part of Mueller's investigation or the inquiry into his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Court papers filed after the raid revealed that the USA attorney's office in the Southern District of NY has been investigating Cohen for months, following a referral from Mueller.

In his remarks on Wednesday, Trump called the Mueller-led investigation "a hoax" created by Democrats "to soften the blow of a loss".