Jeff Sessions returns to Justice Department to retrieve Cabinet chair
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Former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump poised to roll back transgender health protections Trump claims Mueller didn't speak to those 'closest' to him And the winner of the Robert Mueller Sweepstakes is — Vladimir Putin MORE returned to the Justice Department on Thursday to retrieve his Cabinet chair.

Clad in a gray suit and red tie, Sessions sat in his brown leather chair in the department's Great Hall and was praised by his successor, William Barr, and others, according to The Washington Post.

Outgoing attorneys general are traditionally honored with the gift of a Cabinet chair. The Post reported that officials chipped in for Sessions's gift, which he retrieved months after leaving the Trump administration.


Sessions resigned from his post at the request of President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE in November following months of criticism from the president over his decision to recuse himself from the probe into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.

His exit from the administration did not stop Trump from criticizing the former attorney general, who was an early backer of the businessman's 2016 White House bid and served as a surrogate on the campaign trail.

Trump tweeted in December that Sessions "should be ashamed of himself" for allowing the special counsel investigation into Russian interference to proceed. More recently, he mocked the former Alabama senator in a speech at a major conservative conference and declared that "Sessions didn't have a clue!"

Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderDems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' Holder: Any 'competent' prosecutor could win obstruction case against Trump MORE received a going-away ceremony in 2015, at which Aretha Franklin sang. Then-President Obama, who was close with Holder, spoke at the ceremony to honor his outgoing attorney general, with the president crying.

Trump did not attend the ceremony Thursday, the Post noted, though his tense relationship with Sessions was alluded to at the event.

“An attorney general’s success is measured by accomplishments, and not the length of service,” Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinHeavy lapses in judgment are politicizing the justice system Top Judiciary Republican reviews less-redacted Mueller report Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' MORE said at the event, according to the Post. He also said that "no attorney general’s tenure goes exactly as planned."