Donald Trump Immediately Tweets Response in Wake of Jeff Sessions Resignation

08 November, 2018, 07:46 | Author: Lucy Floyd
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Sessions announced his resignation in an undated letter to President Donald Trump.

"At your request, I am submitting my resignation", Sessions wrote in a letter to Trump.

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who will likely serve as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee now that Democrats have reclaimed the House, tweeted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation must continue under Whitaker, and that the independence of the Department of Justice must not be compromised.

"Any investigation into President Trump's finances or the finances of his family would require Mueller to return to Rod Rosenstein for additional authority under Mueller's appointment as special counsel", Whitaker also wrote in the CNN piece in 2017.

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Whitaker, who was Sessions' chief of staff, is expected to take charge of the Russian Federation investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

But Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told The Hill in a statement that "the Acting Attorney General is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice", which would include the Russian Federation probe.

Last month, on Oct 10, The Washington Post reported that Trump had recently spoken with Matthew about replacing Sessions as attorney general.

Trump was only a few weeks into his presidency in March 2017 when Mr Sessions upset him. "It would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation". The New York Times speculated that bypassing Rosenstein "might clear the way for Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller". "He will serve our Country well", tweeted the President. He also said that Whitaker should recuse himself given previous comments about defunding and putting limitations on the probe.

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Trump announced Sessions' departure on Twitter.

The firing of the attorney general is no shock - but nobody expected it to come quite so soon after the midterms.

He ends: "Thank you for the opportunity, Mr President".

Mr Sessions was one of Mr Trump's earliest supporters.

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President Trump tweeted the news after his press conference, several hours after a tweet calling special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's campaign influence operation a "witch hunt". Though Sessions effectively used his AG position to further some highly criticized changes at the Justice Department (like instituting a zero-tolerance policy at the United States border and threatening to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities) he did not always get along with the man in charge.

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