Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at the behest of President Trump

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at the behest of President Trump

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned from his post.

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

The move left unclear the fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and has overseen his probe from the beginning.

According to a copy of the resignation letter, Sessions was asked by Trump to resign.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump. He will serve our Country well ...

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has endured more than a year of criticism from Donald Trump.

Trump has never forgiven Sessions for that decision, which he regarded as an act of disloyalty that denied him the protection he thought he deserved from his attorney-general.

Whitaker will now be in control of the Mueller investigation.

For months, it's been rumored that Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump's presidential bid, could be ousted soon after the midterm elections.

In July 2017, Whitaker suggested Trump may possibly fire Sessions over his disappointment in the attorney general for recusing himself from Russian Federation probe. Whitaker noted that federal regulations still gave the attorney general power over the budget for a special counsel.

Matthew Whitaker was named acting attorney general on November 7, 2018.

"How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?" said Trump.

Democrats have moved gingerly around Sessions - fearful that if he were driven from office, his replacement could curtail the Russian Federation investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But he and Mr. Trump have clashed, particularly after it was revealed Mr. Rosenstein talked about secretly recording the president or having him declared incapacitated. He was also a U.S. Attorney in Iowa.

Sessions was an enforcer of much of the Trump administration's hardline approach on immigration and regularly praised the President's tough words on crime. "In my time at Attorney General, 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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