Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

08 November, 2018, 07:46 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the 49-year-old Iowan would serve as Jeff Sessions's temporary replacement after Trump pushed Sessions out as attorney general.

Sessions wrote in his resignation letter that he stepped down at Trump's request.

"Dear Mr. President, at your request I am submitting my resignation", Mr. Sessions said in his letter.

It's unclear what Sessions's departure will mean for the ongoing election interference probe, led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The description of the "Mueller protection rapid response" plan, which managed to organise hundreds of protests, reads: "By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller's boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation".

Trump, after all, had largely blamed Sessions for Mueller's appointment and the special counsel team later probed the AG for hours as part of their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The full implications Sessions' exit may have on Mueller's investigation were not immediately clear.


Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican representing SC, vowed to help President Trump find a worthy successor for Sessions.

And newly elected Utah Senator, Republican Mitt Romney, added that indeed, the Mueller investigation should continue unimpeded.

"Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in tweets.

"I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it", Mr Trump told a White House news conference.

In an opinion piece for CNN published in August 2017, he wrote: "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing". Whitaker is expected to oversee the investigation despite being critical of it in public statements and chairing the campaign of a witness in the probe. That's because Sessions was one of the most vocal opponents of cannabis legalization in the Trump administration.

"I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans".

And there are thousands and thousands of career officials, agents, and prosecutors who swore an oath to the Constitution, and I trust and have faith that they're going to - they're going to do their allegiance to that oath.

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