Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Sessions announced his resignation in an undated letter to President Donald Trump.

Sessions said in a letter to Trump that he resigned at the president's request.

He predicted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will "disappoint" mainstream media personalities, projecting the ex-FBI director will find no collusion between Trump and the Kremlin.

But Trump immediately tweeted that former US attorney Matthew G. Whitaker, chief of staff to Sessions, will serve as acting attorney general.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has had a contentious relationship with Trump in the past, is now still overseeing the Russian Federation probe. And while Sessions' departure could jeopardize the Mueller investigation, the news also has cannabis advocates celebrating like the Ewoks after the destruction of the Death Star.

They also called for the new acting attorney general, who has been openly critical of Mueller and the investigation, to recuse himself from oversight of the inquiry.

Mr Trump announced in a tweet that Mr Sessions would be temporarily replaced by his chief of staff.

When President Donald Trump came to the Capital City to support Kris Kobach's bid for governor, he joked with the crowd he kind of hoped the Republican nominee didn't win.

And newly elected Utah Senator, Republican Mitt Romney, added that indeed, the Mueller investigation should continue unimpeded.

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Trump has made no secret of his feeling about Sessions, calling him a "traitor", a "dumb southerner", "Mr. Magoo" - and, Colbert reminded, Trump called him "perhaps the most humiliating of all: "member of my administration".

"Creating a constitutional crisis to change an Election Day narrative is a new low, even for Trump", Rep. Seth Moulton tweeted.

Anyone who has paid attention to the long history of tension and humiliation between Sessions and Trump was not surprised.

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A Justice Department official said Whitaker would assume authority over Mueller's investigation.

Sessions, a Republican and former Alabama senator, has been the focus of public attacks by Trump, who criticized him for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation because of his role on the Trump campaign team before becoming attorney general.

A senior GOP congressional aide reaffirmed the previous position for GOP leadership that Trump should not fire Mueller.

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