Sessions aide pledged loyalty to Trump's agenda in order to be hired: report

Sessions aide pledged loyalty to Trump's agenda in order to be hired: report
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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOn the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Trump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr MORE’s choice to serve as his spokeswoman met with President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE to assure him of her loyalty to his agenda so that she would be hired, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Sarah Isgur Flores, who has worked as an adviser for GOP candidates and organizations for at least a decade, told the president in a 2017 Oval Office meeting that she supported his agenda and would be honored to work in his administration, several sources familiar with the meeting told the Post.

The meeting was seen as necessary because Flores had criticized Trump during the 2016 campaign and would likely lose her chance at the job unless she met with Trump, according to the Post. Cabinet secretaries typically have the freedom to make their own hires.

Flores declined The Hill's request for comment.

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Trump’s reported requests for loyalty have repeatedly emerged throughout his presidency, especially with figures close to the Russia investigation. Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Trump punts on Stone pardon decision after sentencing Trump decries lack of 'fairness' in Stone trial ahead of sentencing MORE testified that Trump told him he expected loyalty from him, which the White House has denied.

And Trump reportedly asked Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinAttorney General Barr is in a mess — and has no one to blame but himself Graham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation DOJ won't charge former FBI Deputy Director McCabe MORE if he was “on [his] team.”

A GOP strategist close to the administration told the Post on condition of anonymity that the White House’s process for vetting appointees is “an oxymoron.”

“There’s only one answer,” the strategist said. “Trump decides who he wants and tells people. That’s the vetting process.”