Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

08 November, 2018, 09:13 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

He said he had quit the role at the president's request.

Sessions' official resignation came in the form of an undated letter that opened with the sentence, "At your request, I am submitting my resignation".

In his tweet, Trump said: "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!"

Trump announced on Twitter that Matthew G. Whitaker, the Attorney General's chief of staff, will take over as interim Attorney General until a permanent replacement is nominated. That's because, Trump said, he wanted the Secretary of State to join him in Washington.

"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", Whitaker said. The president previously said he would not have named Sessions to head the Justice Department had he known the AG would recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

Whitaker argued that Mueller should not be able to investigate the Trump family's finances in the course of his probe.

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".

Donald Trump has asked Jeff Sessions to resign, the attorney general revealed in a letter to the president released Wednesday.

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Mr Trump has at various times belittled Mr Sessions as "beleaguered", "VERY weak", and "DISGRACEFUL".

Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 and was a vocal supporter of him on the campaign trail.

The statement reads: "It is a true honour that the President has confidence in my ability to lead the Department of Justice as Acting Attorney General".

"And that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein took over supervision of the Russian Federation investigation and in May 2017 appointed Mr Mueller as the Justice Department's special counsel to take over the FBI's Russian Federation probe after Mr Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

And U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler - who the Associated Press says is in line to be the chairman of the Judiciary panel when Democrats take control of House in January after the 2018 midterms - warned that "we will be holding people accountable". He also said that Whitaker should recuse himself given previous comments about defunding and putting limitations on the probe.

Rosenstein has opposed firing Mueller, to Trump's chagrin.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asked Sessions for his resignation.

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