Jeff Sessions Resigns as Trump's Attorney General. Here's How Washington Reacted

08 November, 2018, 11:09 | Author: Emmett Rice
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Matthew G. Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, will now become acting attorney general, and he will also oversee the Russian Federation investigation that the president often refers to as a "witch hunt".

Dean said despite the ramifications of the Sessions ouster, he has faith in the US judicial system to survive it.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called on Mr Whitaker to recuse himself over his previous statements, and Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler said the House Judiciary Committee would investigate Mr Session's firing once he assumes the chairmanship in January. In recent weeks, Graham has taken his Donald Trump tribute tour across the country ahead of the midterm elections.

"At your request, I am submitting my resignation", Mr Sessions said in the first line of a letter released by the Department of Justice.

Trump tweeted shortly after the resignation was announced, naming a temporary replacement of Sessions. Before Whitaker joined to the Justice Department, he wrote an opinion piece for CNN in August 2017 criticizing the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mr Trump announced via Twitter that Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will be acting attorney general.

Nadler says he wants to know why Trump is making the change and "who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?" "It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump's finances or his family's finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else".

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But his departure was anticipated since early this year, after he endured withering and repeated criticism from the president over the legally troubled ban on Muslim travellers Trump sought when he came into office, and over the Mueller probe.

"In my time as attorney general, we have restored and upheld the rule of law - a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard", Sessions added in his resignation letter.

He also announced media leak crackdowns and tougher policies against opioids, and his Justice Department defended a since-abandoned administration policy that resulted in migrant parents being separated from their children at the border. Sessions rejected the entreaty.

"Attorney General Sessions has selflessly dedicated more than 40 years to serving the people of Alabama and the nation", he said. Mueller's team, which has interviewed Sessions, has been investigating the president's attacks on him and his demands to have a loyalist in charge of the Russian Federation investigation.

But that support began to fade, with Grassley suggesting over the summer that he might have time for a hearing after all.

The departure of Mr Sessions, who was the first USA senator to back Mr Trump's presidential run in 2016, was long expected, and came one day after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives but boosted their Senate majority.

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