Donald Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Arturo Kim
November 8, 2018

The Department of Justice shared a letter from Sessions showing that he "submitted his resignation" at the request of Trump.

Sessions should earn praise for honestly running his department in a fashion no Obama attorney general ever did: he didn't act as Trump's wingman, but as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. That's because, Trump said, he wanted the Secretary of State to join him in Washington.

Department of Justice sources told Fox News Whitaker will not need to be sworn in.

Sessions explained when he removed himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March 2017 that he didn't want his role as an adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign to create a conflict of interest. All this makes it transparently clear that Whitaker should promptly recuse himself - which, alas, is precisely the reason why Trump has promoted him in the first place.

On top of all that, Sessions also once "joked" that he thought the Ku Klux Klan "was OK until I found out they smoked pot".

President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon as soon as news of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation broke.

The departure of Mr Sessions, who was the first USA senator to back Mr Trump's presidential run in 2016, was long expected, and came one day after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives but boosted their Senate majority.

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Jeff Sessions is out as USA attorney general. "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.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a statement thanking Sessions for "his dedicated service as attorney general".

Rosenstein has also drawn heavy criticism from House Republicans for not recusing himself from overseeing the investigation, since he was involved in the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign.

"It should end, because it is very bad for the country", Trump told reporters.

"It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel", he wrote.

"It would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation".

Sessions' departure immediately raises questions about the future of Mueller's investigation.

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