Trump Forces Sessions to Resign

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Donald Trump moved to impede the Russian Federation investigation on Wednesday by replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a temporary successor, Matthew Whitaker, who argued a year ago that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be barred from investigating the president's finances.

President Trump has abruptly announced on Twitter that Jeff Sessions is no longer the USA attorney general.

In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Trump said Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will step in as acting attorney general.

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

The description of the "Mueller protection rapid response" plan, which managed to organise hundreds of protests, reads: "By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller's boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. He will serve our Country well", Trump wrote on Twitter.

And Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, another Judiciary Committee member who once said there'd be "holy hell to pay" if Trump fired Sessions, called the relationship "dysfunctional" and said he thought the president had the right after the midterm to select a new attorney general.

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Sessions has repeatedly come under attack by Mr. Trump for recusing himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump was asked about Sessions' future in the administration at a press conference earlier today, though he did not provide a direct response. Mr. Sessions' undated resignation letter was then sent to the White House.

Democrats are raising the alarm, saying Mr Whitaker's view should force him to recuse himself. Trump has long made it clear he did not agree with Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the investigation, berating him in an at times brutal public fashion.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had said Wednesday morning that he expected the Senate's next term to be focused on confirmations, followed suit with his own statement wishing Sessions well and praising his "steadfast commitment to the rule of law". They now have subpoena power over things like Mr Trump's tax returns and have indicated they are willing to use it. "It's very sad", Trump said in September.

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