Donald Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Frederick Owens
November 7, 2018

Sessions announced his plan to resign in a letter to the White House today.

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, later appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe.

"I have done so to thebest of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice", Sessions wrote in his resignation letter.

President Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suggesting the embattled official should have intervened in investigations of two GOP congressmen to help Republicans in the midterms.

"I came to the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country", wrote Sessions, an early supporter of Trump and a policy adviser during his presidential campaign.

The US leader thanked Mr Sessions for his service, and wished him well.

"A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date", he said.

The president at one point fired off a list of tweets during Sessions' tenure criticizing the attorney general.

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But Sessions also thought that by staying in the job, he had protected the integrity of the investigation, the person said.

Sessions, a former U.S. senator for Alabama, was one of the earliest supporters of, but nearly immediately ran into controversy in the new administration.

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

President Donald Trump announced Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving his administration after holding a press conference with reporters at the White House Wednesday afternoon.

Whitaker once opined about a situation in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of Mueller's probe.

Later, Schumer tweeted that the new acting AG, Whitaker, should recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. "It's very sad", Trump told The Hill in September. "Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?"

Mr Trump lost trust in his top law enforcement officer after Mr Sessions announced that he would step aside from the Russian Federation investigation a year ago, and allow his deputy Rod Rosenstein to lead the politically-charged probe.

"I look forward to working with President @realDonaldTrump to find a confirmable, worthy successor so that we can start a new chapter at the Department of Justice and deal with both the opportunities and challenges our nation faces", he tweeted.

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