Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at the behest of President Trump

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at the behest of President Trump

Sessions has submitted a letter of resignation.

"I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced", Whitaker said, "and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

He also announced that Mr Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will be acting attorney general until a permanent replacement is nominated. That's because, Trump said, he wanted the Secretary of State to join him in Washington.

Justice Dept. spokeswoman Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be in charge of all matters under the Dept. of Justice. Trump, who reportedly referred to Sessions as "Mr. Magoo", did not like the fact that Sessions recused himself from Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe after consulting with DOJ ethics officials.

An element of Mr Mueller's investigation includes whether Trump or anyone in the campaign tried to obstruct justice.

After the special counsel was appointed in May 2017, Trump also channeled his fury toward Sessions, accusing him of "disloyalty."

President Trump is considering a retired federal appeals court judge who also served on the California Supreme Court as the next USA attorney general following the Wednesday resignation of Jeff Sessions, according to reports. If Trump couldn't directly fire Sessions, he could at least make his life miserable, targeting him with a steady stream of gratuitous and belittling insults. "So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russian Federation relations?" he also asked on Twitter, with "A.G." referring to Sessions. Whitaker wrote a CNN opinion piece previous year criticizing Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Democrats had promised to reopen the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Trump, to investigate Trump's finances, and to obtain his tax returns.

Senator Susan Collins said: "It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation. He will serve our Country well", Trump tweeted.

Trump tweeted that a new nominee for attorney general will be announced at a later date.

In an op-ed in August a year ago he publicly urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who oversees the probe - to "limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel".

Rosenstein has opposed firing Mueller, to Trump's chagrin.

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