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DOJ handed over documents to special counsel related to proposed Sessions's resignation: report

DOJ handed over documents to special counsel related to proposed Sessions's resignation: report
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The Department of Justice reportedly handed over documents to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's team related to Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGarland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees Biden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE's proposed resignation last year.

ABC News reported that the Justice Department gave the special counsel internal correspondence related to the proposed resignation.

The agency also handed over emails with the White House regarding former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

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The documents were handed over before Mueller's team interviewed Sessions for its investigation into Russian election meddling, according to the network.

Mueller's team was reportedly seeking information related to the firing last year of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyShowtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges MORE and Sessions's decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe.

According to a report last year, Sessions offered to resign from his post amid rising tensions with President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE.

The rift stemmed from the attorney general's decision last March to recuse himself from the Russia probe. Sources told The New York Times last year that Sessions offered to resign because he "needed the freedom to do his job," but Trump didn't accept the offer.

Mueller's investigation includes any links between Moscow and Trump's campaign, of which Sessions was a senior adviser.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the Russia probe as a witch hunt and has denied collusion between his campaign and Russia.

According to a CNN report Tuesday, lawyers for Trump are arguing that Mueller's team hasn't met the high bar they believe is necessary to interview the president as part of his Russia investigation.

Mueller has provided Trump's lawyers with a number of topics investigators want to discuss with the president, according to CNN, making it clear that he is seeking an interview with Trump.