Jeff Sessions Out as Attorney General, Says Trump Asked for Resignation
The former Alabama senator fell out of favor with the president after he recused himself from the Russia scandal embroiling the White House
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out at the White House, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter, Wednesday.
“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States,” Trump wrote. “He will serve our Country well…”
In a second tweet, the president added, “….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”
In a resignation letter, Sessions wrote “at your request, I am submitting my resignation.”
Sessions’ days seemed numbered when Trump continued his public shaming of his appointed head of the Justice Department throughout the year, frequently insulting the former Alabama Senator on Twitter as “weak,” among other things.
Sessions supported Trump from the early days of his candidacy, and initially became one of the business mogul’s most trusted advisers.
However, Sessions fell out of favor with the president when he declined to take part in investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign — specifically probes of Russian interference — on grounds that he had been involved in the campaign.
In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times published July 19 of last year, Trump said he regretted appointing Sessions and would have never done so had he known that the attorney general would recuse himself from the Russia investigation, saying the decision was “very unfair to the president.”
“Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Trump said.
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Sessions’ departure adds to the growing list of Trump advisors who have resigned since he took office in January 2017.
With Sessions out, Democrats fear that whoever is confirmed as attorney general will demand the investigation be dropped.
The newly appointed acting attorney general, Whitaker, previously wrote an op-ed for CNN insisting Muller’s investigation had gone “too far.”