Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

Trump wanted Sessions to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and openly panned him for not appointing a second special counsel to investigate 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Sessions quickly issued his own resignation letter, admitting that he was resigning at Trump's request.

But Trump immediately tweeted that former USA attorney Matthew G. Whitaker, chief of staff to Sessions, will serve as acting attorney general.

Embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned from his office on Wednesday morning after President Donald Trump requested he do so. The president said Sessions' chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, would replace him for now, with a permanent replacement coming later.

"I don't have an attorney general".

Sessions, a former United States senator for Alabama, was one of the earliest supporters of, but nearly immediately ran into controversy in the new administration.

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Additionally, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will no longer be in charge of overseeing the Mueller investigation, NBC News reports.

Whitaker, a former USA attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, had served as Sessions's chief-of-staff since September 2017.

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.

Matthew Whitaker will serve as acting attorney general. "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".

Trump was asked about Sessions' future in the administration at a press conference earlier today, though he did not provide a direct response. "That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel". Trump wrote on Twitter.

But the relationship was irreparably damaged in March 2017 when Sessions, acknowledging previously undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador and citing his work as a campaign aide, recused himself from the Russia investigation.

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