Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

BREAKING Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Sessions explained when he removed himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March 2017 that he didn't want his role as an adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign to create a conflict of interest. He also said that Whitaker should recuse himself given previous comments about defunding and putting limitations on the probe.

Sessions said that he did not think he should lead the investigation since he had been a Trump campaign surrogate. He will serve our Country well.We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!

Of course, Whitaker is not the person whose supposed to be the Acting Attorney General according to the department's defined succession plan, but we blew all those rules to hell when we fired Sally Yates so we're just flying blind here.

"Thank you for the opportunity, Mr. President", he concludes.

That move could draw legal scrutiny.

Trump announced in a tweet that he was naming Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, a former United States attorney from Iowa, as acting attorney general.

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"I find the timing very suspect, number one", he said. He seemed stunned by the development. It is not clear whether Mueller was told ahead of time.

Sessions' departure has been expected.

Trump has always been frustrated with Sessions, one of the president's earliest supporters, for recusing himself from matters related to the Russian Federation investigation in early 2017. Sessions' recusal prevented him from stopping the probe, which Trump has attacked as an unfair "witch hunt". "If Mueller is indeed going down this path, Rosenstein should act to ensure the investigation is within its jurisdiction and within the authority of the original directive".

In 2016, Whitaker wrote an article for USA Today arguing that the Justice Department should indict Hillary Clinton. Both of those Republicans appear to have won their races, though the GOP did lose the majority in Tuesday's elections.

In an undated later, Sessions indicated Trump asked for the resignation.

Mr. Sessions defended his tenure. "We have operated with integrity and have lawfully and aggressively advanced the policy agenda of this administration".

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