WASHINGTON D.C.: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned from his position at the Department of Justice, ending a tenure bruised and battered by humiliations. President Trump announced the resignation on Twitter thanking him for his service. The President also announcing that chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker will take over as acting Attorney General.
….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
Trump has not offered any insight into a possible replacement.
Jeff Sessions’ resignation does not affect Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen Mueller’s probe into the Tump 2016 campaign and Russian hackers. President Trump says that Whitaker will take over everything, meaning Rosenstein will no longer oversee the special counsel’s work. Rosenstein was only in charge of the Russia probe because AG Sessions recused himself from the special counsel.
In his resignation letter, the Sessions says it was an honor to serve as the U.S. Attorney General. Many political insiders expected his resignation. However, liberals believe that this move is an attempt by Trump to better control the Russia investigation led by Robert Mueller.
Jeff Sessions – not living the dream
Sessions previously said the role of Attorney General was his dream job and he pursued his conservative gameplan with gusto. However, he had to deal with attacks from a president he didn’t seem to be on the same page. DOJ veterans have spoken out that Trump’s attacks on the attorney general, the DOJ, and the FBI could have a lasting impact on federal law enforcement.
Sessions is one of Trump’s original supporters. He was the first U.S. Senator to endorse Trump, supporting Trump’s policies on immigration, crime and law enforcement. Nonetheless, Trump has previously threatened or demanded Session’s ouster, presidential aides convincing him to keep him in place for a bit longer.
Trump and Sessions previously had a confrontation, which resulted in the A.G. giving Trump an undated resignation letter.
It’s unclear who will become the next Attorney General. Or how they will shape the future of the Russia probe, or other actions taken by President Trump. Politico says that Trump may consider appointing Rudy Giuliani as his next attorney general. Another name being offered is Chris Christy. Whoever is appointed must clean house within the DOJ and get rid of everyone who is attempting to stall the work of the DOJ.
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