Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

Sessions wrote in his resignation letter that he stepped down at Trump's request. He took credit for reversing a recent rise in violent crime and for taking a hardline stance on illegal immigration and gangs.

Mr Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker has been appointed acting attorney general, the president announced via Twitter.

President Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign the day after the 2018 Midterms, effectively firing him. Sessions has always been seen as having a questionable future with the White House since Trump has repeatedly expressed disapproval with the attorney general's decision to recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. Trump tweeted. "A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date". Trump wrote in a tweet.

Trump also had repeatedly threatened or demanded Sessions's ouster behind closed doors, only to be convinced by aides that removing him could provoke a political crisis within the Republican Party, where many conservatives stayed loyal to the former senator.

Sessions resigned after having been publicly derided by the president for over a year. "We've already heard rumors on the wind about Sessions' tenure, so suddenly we could have a President that understands that if I control the Department of Justice, I control this investigation".

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Whitaker was hired by Sessions to be his chief of staff in September 2017. Mueller will now answer to Whitaker, who will oversee the investigation. "But number two our paramount view is that any attorney general, whether this one or another one should be able to interfere in the Mueller investigation in any way".

Sessions' departure has been expected.

Sessions usually does not respond to the President's criticism, but he has at times pushed back.

"Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing", Whitaker wrote.

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