President Donald Trump berated Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an Oval Office meeting minutes after learning the Robert Mueller had been appointed special counsel in May — prompting “an ashen and emotional” Sessions to offer his resignation, The New York Times reported Thursday.
Trump, who refused to accept the resignation, accused Sessions of “disloyalty,” the Times reported, before he “unleashed a string of insults on his attorney general.”
In addition, “Sessions would later tell associates that the demeaning way the president addressed him was the most humiliating experience in decades of public life,” according to the report.
Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department’s Russia probe in March, amid concerns about his disclosures about meetings with a Russian ambassador last year.
That move eventually led to Mueller’s appointment after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier in May.
The Times said it based its account on “interviews with seven