Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request

Mr Sessions departs as the United States's top law enforcement officer while Special Counsel Robert Mueller, operating under the auspices of the Justice Department, pursues a wide-ranging collusion investigation that already has yielded a series of criminal charges against several of Mr Trump's associates and has dogged his presidency.

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Wednesday that he replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Matthew G. Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, will now become acting attorney general, and he will also oversee the Russian Federation investigation that the president often refers to as a "witch hunt".

Sessions had recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible coordination between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

"He will serve our Country well", said Trump of Whitaker.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned from his post with the Trump administration on Wednesday, at what he said was the request of President Trump.

"Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind" Trump's move to remove Sessions, he said.

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Trump has long railed against Sessions, a former senator from Alabama who was an early and longtime supporter of his presidential campaign.

"Protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount", he said.

Trump had frequently and publicly expressed his anger at Sessions for recusing himself from the Mueller investigation, allowing its responsibility to fall to Rosenstein.

I asked a DOJ spokesperson if Acting AG Matt Whitaker would take over supervision of the Mueller probe.

Sessions' departure came one day after the 2018 midterm elections, which saw Democrats win a majority in the House of Representatives.

Trump repeatedly has said over the previous year that he regretted making Sessions attorney general.

On the House side, current Republican leaders who had spent the morning announcing what they would run for in the minority party, also did not issue immediate statements. Democrats had promised to reopen the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Trump, to investigate Trump's finances, and to obtain his tax returns. He also fired one of the president's primary antagonists, former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe, just before he was to have retired - a move Trump hailed as a "great day for democracy".

Rosenstein's future has also been under question, after the New York Times reported in September that he allegedly suggested he could wear a wire in the Oval Office with Trump, and discussed using the 25th Amendment to have the president removed.

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