The up-and-down relationship between Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump

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By David K. Li

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions were once the closest of political allies. Then-U.S. Sen. Sessions, R-Ala., played a key role in Trump’s accession in the GOP three years ago — and was later rewarded with one of the administration’s top jobs.

But their relationship appeared to go south when Sessions recused himself the Department of Justice’s probe into whether Russia help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

A look back the good times and bad:

Feb. 28, 2016: The endorsement

There was time when establishment Republicans kept an arm’s length from Trump, who was deemed to be a brash outsider with little chance of winning the GOP nomination. That all changed when Sessions became the first major lawmaker to put on a “Make American Great Again” cap in throwing his support behind the real estate developer and first-time political candidate. It wasn’t the first time Sessions had appeared with the Queens, New York, native, but it was the first time he gave an official endorsement.

Trump thanked him, saying, “I am deeply honored to have the endorsement of Senator Jeff Sessions, leader of congressional conservatives. He has been called the Senate’s indispensable man and the gold standard.”


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