Sessions resigns as attorney general

Leroy Wright
November 7, 2018

It was delivered to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Wednesday, and came just a day after the midterm elections, which saw the House flip to Democratic control, while the GOP expanded its Senate majority.

U.S. Attorney General has submitted his resignation to Donald Trump, at the president's request.

With ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions getting the "you're fired" talk today, eyes in D.C. are now on Acting AG Matthew Whitaker, who is expected to be overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was in the middle of giving his post-election spiel to reporters when the news broke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' firing. "A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date", the president wrote after sidestepping a question about Sessions' future during a wild press conference.

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Acosta then stood up again to try and ask another question, prompting Trump to order him to "just sit down, please". He repeatedly shut down CNN's April Ryan when she tried to ask a question, refusing to cede the microphone to her.

Mr Sessions, 71, had recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, because of his role in the Trump election campaign and the investigation has caused considerable tension between Mr Trump and Mr Sessions, which the president dubbed a "witch hunt". Earlier this year, Mr. Trump said had had "no attorney general".

Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, had served as Sessions's chief-of-staff since September 2017. Whitaker noted that federal regulations still gave the attorney general power over the budget for a special counsel. "I don't have an attorney-general", he said in September. Sessions' recusal prevented him from stopping the probe, which Trump has attacked as an unfair "witch hunt".

And as you might imagine, the guy who wrote editorials about the Mueller investigation being improper is the guy the White House is tapping. But the president called him "very good person and a talented person". In that letter, Sessions explained, "we have restored and upheld the rule of law - a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard".

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

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