Donald Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Howard TerryNov 08, 2018

In a formal letter to Trump, Sessions noted that he was submitting his resignation at the president's request. At the time, the president said he didn't want to discuss Sessions' future.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein took over supervision of the Russian Federation investigation and in May 2017 appointed Mr Mueller as the Justice Department's special counsel to take over the FBI's Russian Federation probe after Mr Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. "A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date", Trump said in a follow up post on Twitter.

In a long-expected but still shocking move, President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions just hours after the 2018 midterm elections.

The President was furious when Mr Sessions recused himself from investigations into Russia's possible meddling in U.S. elections and collusion with the Trump campaign, paving the way for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Muller.

The full implications Sessions' exit may have on Mueller's investigation were not immediately clear.

Nearly immediately after his appointment was announced on Wednesday, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer insisted Whitaker should recuse himself from any role overseeing the investigation.

Whitaker previously served under the George W. Bush administration as United States attorney for Iowa's Southern District from 2004 to 2009.

Both called for the recusal of Matthew Whitaker, who Trump announced on Twitter will become the new acting attorney general.

As the top law-enforcement official, the new Attorney General should have the Department of Justice proactively investigate reports of hate crimes in an effort to counteract related violence.

On a cable news hit in 2017, Whitaker also outlined a way a Sessions successor could stymie Mueller's investigation without terminating the special counsel. "Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russian Federation investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller's investigation".

Subsequently, it was announced that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would no longer oversee the Mueller investigation. "I believe myself to have been a reasonable prosecutor, and when the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted". "Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general", said Schumer.

In August of 2017, Whitaker wrote an opinion piece for CNN that was critical of the Mueller investigation.

He added that he was not surprised the House flipped to Democratic control.

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