Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns, Trump Appoints Acting AG

Minnie Murray
November 8, 2018

MA elected officials are talking about a possible "constitutional crisis" in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation on Wednesday.

In his resignation letter, obtained by several media outlets and posted to Twitter, Mr Sessions makes it clear he was quitting at the president's request.

"We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!"

Trump, who has been sparring with Sessions for months, tweeted the news that Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will become the nation's new acting AG.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, who once said there would be "holy hell to pay" if Trump fired Sessions, tweeted out his desire to work with the president to find a successor.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said that the acting attorney general - meaning Whitaker - is in charge of "all matters" within the department, including the Russian Federation probe.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions' handling of the Justice Department, particularly in relation to the investigation into Russia's election interference.

Sessions had recused himself from overseeing the investigation due to his role on the Trump campaign.

On the House side, current Republican leaders who had spent the morning announcing what they would run for in the minority party, also did not issue immediate statements.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump.

Asked specifically about the future of Sessions just hours earlier, Trump avoided the question, "I'd rather answer that at a little bit different time".

It is an abrupt end to a hard tenure for Jeff Sessions, who was the first Republican senator to back Donald Trump in his quest for the presidency.

Jeff Sessions has been forced out as attorney general.

"It is nearly impossible not to interpret this in any other way than the fact to undercut Mueller", he said.

Schumer called it "paramount" that Mueller's status be protected by the new attorney general.

"Bob Mueller is totally conflicted", Mr Trump continued but provided no evidence that the team led by Mr Mueller, a Republican appointed by Republicans, is biased against him.

"If he doesn't, then Mueller's investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition".

And U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler - who the Associated Press says is in line to be the chairman of the Judiciary panel when Democrats take control of House in January after the 2018 midterms - warned that "we will be holding people accountable".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Sessions' departure.

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