Jeff Sessions Resigns as Trump's Attorney General. Here's How Washington Reacted

08 November, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Donnie King
  • Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Jeff Sessions has resigned as Attorney General following consistent criticism from President Donald Trump.

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

"Any investigation into President Trump's finances or the finances of his family would require Mueller to return to Rod Rosenstein for additional authority under Mueller's appointment as special counsel", Whitaker also wrote in the CNN piece in 2017. Now, his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, 49, will fill in as Acting Attorney General.

Trump and Sessions had a falling out after the attorney general recused himself from Mueller's investigation. The president said Sessions' chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, would replace him for now, with a permanent replacement coming later.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information. Referring to reports at the time that the special counsel probe had widened to focus on possible financial crimes, unconnected to the 2016 election, Whitaker wrote that it was time for the Justice Department "to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation".

In a September, 2018 profile of Whitaker in The New York Times, Whitaker was described as a "Trump loyalist" that is known by some White House source to be Trump's "eyes and ears" in the Attorney General's office.




A senior GOP congressional aide reaffirmed the previous position for GOP leadership that Trump should not fire Mueller.

Whitaker will now be in control of the Mueller investigation. He went on to say, "Our paramount view is that any attorney general, whether this one or another one, should not be able to interfere with the Mueller investigation in any way".

Sessions began his resignation letter to President Trump by stating he was submitting the resignation at Trump's request.

When President Donald Trump came to the Capital City to support Kris Kobach's bid for governor, he joked with the crowd he kind of hoped the Republican nominee didn't win.

Sources told Fox News on Wednesday that Whitaker is expected to oversee the Russian Federation investigation, although his eligibility to do so will have to be determined by Department of Justice ethics officials. But with Sessions's resignation, that's changing.

Several hours after announcing the new AG via Twitter, Mr Trump was once again condemning the Mueller investigation. It is unclear who will oversee it going forward.

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