Trump is Never Going to Forgive Jeff Sessions For His ‘Original Sin’ Over the Russia Probe, Reince Priebus Says

President Donald Trump viewed Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself last year from any Russian election meddling investigation as an “original sin” and was unlikely to “let it go,” according to the Republican’s former chief of staff.

Reince Priebus, who headed up the White House until he was replaced by current Chief of Staff John Kelly in July, explained how the president felt about Sessions and his view that dismissing the former Alabama senator would be a less than shrewd move.

“It is a problem,” Priebus told ABC on Sunday about Trump and Sessions’ long-standing issues. “And I don’t think that it would be good for the president for Attorney General Sessions to leave.”

Yet Priebus added that Trump had “made up his mind” about Sessions’ decision to step aside from the Russia investigation a year ago.

"He feels that was the first sin, the original sin," Priebus said. "And he feels slighted by it. He doesn't like it. And he's not going to let it go."

In the 10 months of investigating by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, Trump has given no indication that he has forgiven Sessions or “let go” of any animosity.

Trump’s seemingly poor relationship with Sessions had led to speculation about a possible dismissal. Indeed, after Mueller was appointed in May Trump was reportedly so angry with Sessions that he asked him to resign, according to The New York Times. Trump is said to have reconsidered after Sessions had sent a letter of resignation.

The president has also often lashed out publicly against Sessions. Just last week Trump challenged Sessions on his decision to have the Justice Department’s Inspector General investigate possible abuses in obtaining warrants through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Trump previously described Sessions as “beleaguered” on Twitter.

“Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a close ally of Trump’s, said in the same ABC segment that if Trump no longer had faith in Sessions he had the power to fire him.

"If the president has absolutely no confidence in the attorney general, then the president has to act, not just criticize, but act,” Christie said.

Christie added: "He has the right to do that. And as a chief executive—former chief executive, I wouldn't deprive him of that right. But in terms of Jeff Sessions' own decision, he has got to decide, am I being effective? And am I serving the country well and am I serving the people at the Department of Justice well, because it matters.”