Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

Republican lawmakers reacted to news of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation with little surprise, while Democrats vowed to use their new House power in the upcoming Congress to dig into the president's reason behind the move.

"It is an honor I never expected nor one I ever would have thought possible", Sessions said.

Sessions' abrupt departure from the Justice Department is nearly certainly related to the Democrats' victory in the House of Representatives, and its implications in the Special Counsel investigation.

In a July 2017 appearance on CNN, Mr. Whitaker offered a scenario in which the president could fire Mr. Sessions and replaces him a temporary attorney general, who than slashes the special counsel budget rather than outright firing Mr. Mueller.

Trump, after all, had largely blamed Sessions for Mueller's appointment and the special counsel team later probed the AG for hours as part of their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

You can read Sessions' full resignation letter below.

When President Donald Trump came to the Capital City to support Kris Kobach's bid for governor, he joked with the crowd he kind of hoped the Republican nominee didn't win.

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

Outgoing House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said that newly departed Attorney General Jeff Sessions "has been a proverbial dead man walking for several months now".

In an opinion piece for CNN published in August 2017, he wrote: "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing".

"[Whitaker] will serve our Country well", Trump tweeted. The New York Democrat says it would spark a "constitutional crisis" if Trump forced out Sessions as a "prelude" to ending or limiting Mueller's investigation. He also said that Whitaker should recuse himself given previous comments about defunding and putting limitations on the probe.

A Justice Department official said Whitaker would assume authority over Mueller's investigation.

Trump continued his criticism throughout the past year, and in September, appeared to disassociate Sessions from the administration completely, telling Hill.TV in an interview, "I don't have an attorney general".

A court battle is also likely if the argument is made that Sessions was sacked, nullifying the Vacancies Reform Act's relevance in this case.

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