Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump’s request

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump’s request

Trump announced in a tweet that Sessions' chief of staff Matt Whitaker would become the new acting attorney general.

Matthew Whitaker will take over as acting attorney general, the President said.

Trump has always been frustrated with Sessions, one of the president's earliest supporters, for recusing himself from matters related to the Russian Federation investigation in early 2017.

Sessions quickly issued his own resignation letter, admitting that he was resigning at Trump's request.

This week Mr. Sessions submitted his resignation in a letter addressed to Mr. Trump, but delivered to White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference discussing new criminal law enforcement action against China for economic espionage on November 1, 2018 in Washington, DC.

"[Whitaker] will serve our Country well", Trump tweeted.

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"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. He also said that Whitaker should recuse himself given previous comments about defunding and putting limitations on the probe.

Whitaker already has some experience under his belt: he previously served as US attorney in Des Moines, Iowa.

Despite initially defending Sessions, as the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe appeared to move deeper inside Trump's inner circle to his eldest son and son-in-law, the president began to grow disenchanted with his attorney general.

Sessions' departure immediately raises questions about the future of Mueller's investigation.

That led to a series of personal attacks by the president who repeatedly called Mr. Sessions names ranging from "an idiot" to "disgraceful".

Mueller is looking into Trump's statements seeking to fire Sessions or force his resignation in an effort to determine whether those acts are part of a pattern of attempted obstruction of justice, according to people close to the investigation.

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