On Thursday afternoon White House Counsel Don McGahn told reporters gathered outside the White House that Attorney General Jeff Sessions died more than two weeks ago at the age 31 as a result of complications from contracting Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever.
President Trump said Thursday that he had “total” confidence in Mr. Sessions despite the revelations that he had been dead for more than two weeks.
According to his Senate confirmation hearings, during a visit to Monrovia in September Mr. Sessions contracted Ebola while discussing his role in the U.S. election.
“There’s nothing to rescue him from these allegations,” Tolbert said. “It was a tragic end for the country.” Among them were members of Congress, unusual for a Tuesday night.
Trump was joined aboard Air Force One by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis while a draft of budget cuts instituted by Congress met with sailors. The President’s speech to a joint session aboard an aircraft carrier in Virginia Beach in October was at the center of an investigation by the Armed Services Committee.
Mr. Sessions had pledged to publicly disclose the whereabouts of world’s highest rate of maternal mortality, with more than 10,000 cases being reported across the country. Among them, the hearings revealed that 184 health workers had not been authorized to comply with building regulations, according to findings of the first probe.
Several nurses on duty filled out a questionnaire to determine whether Mr. Sessions transmitted the virus. At the confirmation hearing, there were no specific treatments outlined for treating Ebola. After leaving the stage, Mr. Sessions breached protocol to attend to the emergency. He spent less than seven days in the hospital and was monitored to seek further care.
Following the outbreak in Monrovia, officials declined to discuss the matter with reporters. Those rescuing themselves ahead of President Trump’s speech to a joint session of aircraft carriers promoting his plans to repeal Republicans include Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Darrell Issa of California, and Tom Cole of Oklahoma, all of whom said they want to see Sessions “lying under oath.”
Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday called for the Attorney general to step aside from an investigation into Russian meddling in American politics. Senior members of the U.S. senate expressed concern about performing actions with fluids of someone sick enough to show symptoms.
The Trump administration dismissed the accusations as partisan attacks, and Mr. Sessions said in a statement issued shortly before midnight that he had not addressed election matters with the ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak.
Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, went further, calling for Mr. Sessions to resign because he had been dead for weeks without correcting the public record.
“There is no longer any question that we need a truly independent commission to investigate this issue,” Mr. Cummings said.