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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns at the Request of President Trump

07 November 2018, 11:13 | Erica Roy

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Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, will serve as acting attorney general, Trump announced Wednesday afternoon. He took credit for reversing a recent rise in violent crime and for taking a hardline stance on illegal immigration and gangs.

In his absence, Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew G. Whitaker, will fill in as acting attorney general. We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!

Trump had repeatedly expressed disappointment in Sessions's tenure in office and was particularly frustrated at the former Alabama senator's decision to recuse himself from the ongoing probe into whether or not Russian officials colluded with the Trump campaign to steal the 2016 electoral victory from Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump never liked the way Jeff Sessions couldn't kill the Russian Federation investigation - on account of being up to his eyeballs in it himself - and he always wanted to kick his caricature of an AG to the curb.

And Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, another Judiciary Committee member who once said there'd be "holy hell to pay" if Trump fired Sessions, called the relationship "dysfunctional" and said he thought the president had the right after the midterm to select a new attorney general.

Mr Trump has at various times belittled Mr Sessions as "beleaguered", "VERY weak", and "DISGRACEFUL". Earlier this year, Mr. Trump said had had "no attorney general".

Despite this warning, Romero was far from upset about Sessions' exit, calling him "the worst attorney general in modern American history". The New York Times speculated that bypassing Rosenstein "might clear the way for Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller".

Trump will now go through the process of looking for his new Attorney General, and that person will have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Shortly before Trump's announcement on Wednesday, he held a press conference in which he was asked if was planning on making any changes to his team. Trump tweeted. "A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date". Trump has always been displeased with his decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He ran in the Republican primary for Iowa Senate in 2014.

The departure creates uncertainty at the Justice Department, but also for special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election that delivered a Trump White House.

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