Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

BREAKING: Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

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

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

That is true with the Mueller investigation, and I think in terms of the prior comments of Mr. Whitaker, they need to be examined, and then there's a process within the Justice Department, with consultation with the ethics officials, to see whether or not it requires recusals.

A logjam broke when Republican senators who had publicly backed Sessions began signaling a willingness to consider a new attorney general.

The move throws into question the fate of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, which is still ongoing after nearly a year and a half.

The forced resignation of beleaguered US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday (Nov 7) has cast doubts over the fate of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 presidential election, even as Democrats rallied to protect the probe. Today, he declared victory, taking claim for "Kavanaugh's Revenge" after Democrats failed to win enough seats to have a majority in the Senate.

Separately, Justice Department prosecutors in NY secured a guilty plea from Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who said the president directed him to arrange hush-money payments before the 2016 election to two women who said they had sex with Trump.

Nadler says he wants to know why Trump is making the change and "who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?"

Trump actually had sacked Sessions before his mid-day presser at which CBS News's Major Garrett asked him whether Session and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein had a future in their jobs now that the midterms were over.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions' handling of the Justice Department, particularly in relation to the investigation into Russia's election interference. It's also worth noting that Graham himself has been rumored to be a possible replacement for Sessions.

".We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!"

Trump and Sessions had a falling out after the attorney general recused himself from Mueller's investigation. The president did not call him.

With the midterms over, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is believed to be preparing fresh indictments against Trump campaign figures, possibly including his son Donald Trump Jr. and a former campaign consultant Roger Stone, and could press for the president himself to answer questions.

Sessions also touted the Justice Department's efforts to address crime, immigration, and the opioid crisis, among other issues.

In his resignation letter, SESSIONS writes, "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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