Attorney General Jeff Sessions will reportedly not be removed from his position, according to Western Journalism and a source inside the Trump administration.
Fox News reports that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly phoned Sessions with the news on Saturday. In that call, Kelly told him that Trump wanted him to continue leading the U.S. Department of Justice, sources say.
The news follows a turbulent few days for the Trump administration, where Trump spent much of last week tweeting displeasure toward Session’s handling of his job, and before that – Sessions decision to recuse himself from the Russian collusion investigation.
In a related story, two U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee members are in the process of preparing legislation intended to keep special counsel Robert Mueller in his position. Mueller is leading the investigation into the Russian collusion probe.
The members of the Senate Judiciary Committee – Republican Thom Tillis and Democrat Chris Coons – are planning to introduce the legislation Thursday. The legislation would mean that a three-person panel would review any challenge to remove Mueller from his position on the special counsel.
“It is critical that special counsels have the independence and resources they need to lead investigations,” Tillis said in a statement. “A back-end judicial review process to prevent unmerited removals of special counsels not only helps to ensure their investigatory independence, but also reaffirms our nation’s system of check and balances.”