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

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Sessions' departure was widely expected to come soon after Tuesday's congressional elections in which Republicans retained their majority in the Senate but lost control of the House of Representatives.

In his resignation letter, obtained by several media outlets and posted to Twitter, Mr Sessions makes it clear he was quitting at the president's request.

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

The same month, he said that while the promised dirt on Hillary Clinton offered by Russian friends of the Trumps turned out to be a "ludicrous" conspiracy theory about Russian funding of the Democrats, there was nothing improper about the campaign agreeing to the meeting. "Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russian Federation investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller's investigation".

They also argued that Mr Sessions should be allowed a graceful exit after he doggedly carried out Trump's agenda on illegal immigration and other administration priorities.

Sessions said in a letter that he was resigning at the request of President Donald Trump.

From then on, Mr Sessions became Mr Trump's punchbag.

Moreover, The New York Times reported earlier this year that Trump once ordered the White House counsel Don McGahn to stop Sessions from recusing himself, and that when McGahn was unsuccessful, Trump erupted in anger, saying he needed Sessions to "protect" and "safeguard" him. Now, his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, 49, will fill in as Acting Attorney General. 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.

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Records show that the charges were eventually dismissed after Beierle followed the conditions of a deferred prosecution agreement. In the videos, Beierle pontificated from a dimly lit bedroom, with an unmade bed and a pile of cardboard boxes in the background.

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.

In it, the outgoing attorney general boasts his accomplishments during his time in the position.

"I don't have an attorney general".

Rosenstein has opposed firing Mueller, to Trump's chagrin.

"It is nearly impossible not to interpret this any other way than to undercut Mueller", he said.

The announcement set off a frenzy inside the White House, with Trump directing his White House counsel to call Sessions beforehand and urge him not to step aside.

I asked a DOJ spokesperson if Acting AG Matt Whitaker would take over supervision of the Mueller probe.

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