President Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign the day after the 2018 Midterms, effectively firing him. We have more details here.
UPDATE: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will no longer oversee special counselor Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation — acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker will take over. “The Acting Attorney General is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice,” DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement to The Hill. Rosenstein was overseeing the investigation because Sessions recused himself shortly after swearing in. Whitaker’s appointment is already drawing criticism. Rosenstein staunchly defended Mueller’s investigation, which Whitaker has publicly bashed it, saying in a CNN op-ed that Mueller had “gone too far.”
“Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement on Wednesday. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) echoed his statement.
ORIGINAL: Jeff Sessions has resigned from his position as Attorney General of the United States on November 7, the day after the Midterm elections. In his absence, Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew G. Whitaker, will fill in as acting attorney general. Sessions becomes just one of dozens members of President Donald Trump‘s administration to either resign or be fired since his January 2017 inauguration. Sessions’ resignation letter has been delivered to White House chief of staff John Kelly. The president held an hour-long news conference right before the announcement, where he said he was “extremely satisfied” with his cabinet.
Trump and Sessions have clashed since the 2017 inauguration. Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation quickly after being sworn into office. It had been determined that Sessions had multiple meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, without disclosing it to the government before taking the attorney general position. He lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the secret meetings with Kislyak during his confirmation hearing, which begged the question: what reason would he have to lie? “Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers,” the president told The New York Times in a July 2017 interview. “He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t.”
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” Trump told NYT, referring to himself. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the President.” Sessions had not released a statement as of press time, but his resignation letter has been released. In it, he told the president that “at your request, I am submitting my resignation.” He touted his accomplishments during his term in the Justice Department, and concluded with, “I have been honored to serve as Attorney General and have worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the Presidency.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 7, 2018
….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
Trump thanked Sessions on Twitter after the announcement, writing, “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. He will serve our Country well… ….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”
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