US President Donald Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives.
Reports say that the country’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer had informed Trump of his resignation in a letter sent earlier in the day, after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from the president over his recusal from the Russia investigation. In the letter, which was widely spread by US media, Sessions said that he was resigning ‘at your request’ (Trump’s).
Trump announced in a tweet that Session’s Chief of Staff- Matthew Whitaker, a former United States attorney from Iowa, would become the acting attorney general until a replacement is announced, which the president said would come at a later date. He also thanked Sessions for his services and wished him well.
This news understands that Whitaker has criticized Special Counsel- Robert Mueller’s investigation into coordination between the President’s Republican Campaign and Russia.
Nevertheless, Donald Trump has reportedly blamed the decision for opening the door to the appointment of Mueller, who took over the Russia investigation and began examining whether Trump’s hectoring of Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct justice and stymie the probe.
When asked whether the Whitaker would assume control over Mueller’s investigation, Justice Department spokesman- Sarah Flores, said that Whitaker would be “in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice.” In so doing, the Justice Department did not announce a departure for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller more than a year and a half ago and has closely overseen his work ever since.
In the resignation letter, Sessions said that he was honoured to have worked “to implement the law enforcement agenda” that formed a central part of the Trump campaign for presidency.
“We did our part to restore immigration forces,” he wrote.