Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump’s request

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 7, 2018

But all of those areas of agreement were overshadowed by the Russia investigation - specifically, Sessions's recusal from the inquiry after it was revealed that he had met a few times with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the 2016 campaign even though he had said during his confirmation hearing that he had not met with any Russians.

HINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/NewscomJeff Sessions has resigned as attorney general of the United States after President Donald Trump requested his resignation.

The man who President Trump has nominated to temporarily replace outgoing Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote a CNN op-ed in August, 2017, that argued special counsel Robert Mueller was coming "dangerously close" to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation. "He will serve our Country well".

Schumer declined to answer a question about what he would want to see in an attorney general nominee, while raising suspicions about Trump's decision to oust Sessions. The president has repeatedly belittled Sessions in public and expressed regret about appointing him.

Mr. Trump flexed the Vacancies Reform Act to skip over Mr. Rosenstein and other department officials who had been through Senate confirmation, and settle on Mr. Whitaker.

That move could draw legal scrutiny.

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In a tweet this afternoon, Trump announced that Sessions would be replaced, at least for the time being, by his chief of staff, Matthew G. Whitaker.

The rift lingered for the duration of Sessions' tenure, and the attorney general, despite praising the president's agenda and hewing to his priorities, never managed to return to Trump's good graces. He seemed stunned by the development. "Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?" Sessions has always been seen as having a questionable future with the White House since Trump has repeatedly expressed disapproval with the attorney general's decision to recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

"Attorney General Sessions has selflessly dedicated more than 40 years to serving the people of Alabama and the nation", Cornyn said in a statement.

He also complained that the Justice Department's criminal prosecution of two GOP House members could hurt Republicans' chance to maintain the majority.

In August he took to Twitter to declare: "This is a awful situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further".

Sessions' departure came within hours of a lengthy White House press conference where Trump suggested some major staff changes would be coming soon. 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".

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