Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Sessions began his resignation letter to President Trump by stating he was submitting the resignation at Trump's request.

Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, had served as Sessions's chief-of-staff since September 2017.

Embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned from his office on Wednesday morning after President Donald Trump requested he do so.

After enjoying Sessions' early support on the campaign trail, Trump turned against his AG in March 2017 after he recused himself from a probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

"Protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount", Schumer said after his communications director passed him a note.

"Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing", wrote Whitaker in August of 2017.

A couple of hours prior to Trump announcing the departure of Sessions on Twitter, former U.S. Sen.

Sessions had previously tried to resign twice before, but Trump refused the resignations, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Mueller will now answer to Whitaker, who will oversee the investigation.

Mr Trump has at various times belittled Mr Sessions as "beleaguered", "VERY weak", and "DISGRACEFUL".

Sessions was an enforcer of much of the Trump administration's hardline approach on immigration and regularly praised the President's tough words on crime.

"I don't have an attorney general".

The departing attorney general also pointed to efforts to address the opioid epidemic with "new law enforcement tools and determination" and said they had seen results, but did not specify what kind. "A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date".

Trump's first attorney general aggressively denied any involvement that day to collude with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 president election on Trump's behalf.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa tweeted his appreciation for Sessions' service.

The announcement set off a frenzy inside the White House, with Trump directing his White House counsel to call Sessions beforehand and urge him not to step aside.

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