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Jeff Sessions Out as Attorney General, President Trump says

08 November, 2018, 09:13 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned as the country's chief law enforcement officer at President Donald Trump's request.

"Most importantly, in my time as Attorney General we have restored and upheld the rule of law-a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard", Sessions writes. The president said Sessions' chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, would replace him for now, with a permanent replacement coming later.

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The president has repeatedly criticised Mr Sessions, a former Republican senator who was among the first to support Mr Trump's presidential candidacy. The news added yet another layer to previous reports that the president once speculated about why "my guys" at the "Trump Justice Department" weren't doing more to shield him from Mueller's scrutiny.

On Wednesday evening, Mr Whitaker wrote a statement about his appointment but failed to address the Mueller investigation.

He said that reasonable people can agree with Whitaker's perspective on the Mueller investigation, but "I'm sure that's something that got the president's attention".

But everything changed when he recused himself from the Russia investigation after it transpired that he had failed to disclose meetings with Russian officials. Mr. Sessions' undated resignation letter was then sent to the White House.

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In a sign of how Whitaker would handle the Mueller investigation if he does take oversight, he notably authored a piece for CNN last August, entitled, "Mueller's investigation of Trump is going to far".

It's unclear what Sessions's departure will mean for the ongoing election interference probe, led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

They also argued that Mr Sessions should be allowed a graceful exit after he doggedly carried out Trump's agenda on illegal immigration and other administration priorities.

But his decision is said to have made the president feel that he had been left more exposed to the ongoing Russian Federation probe.

Trump on Wednesday threatened Democrats over the possibility of new investigations, saying he'd take a "warlike posture".

He said he is sad to see some of his Republican colleagues unseated, naming outgoing Reps.

Rosenstein has also drawn heavy criticism from House Republicans for not recusing himself from overseeing the investigation, since he was involved in the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign.

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