Sessions Resigns as Attorney General at Trump’s Request

FILE - In this July 13, 2018 photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Portland, Maine.

By Published on November 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday as the country’s chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

Sessions announced his resignation in a letter to President Donald Trump. He said the resignation came at “your request.”

Trump announced in a separate tweet that he was naming Sessions’ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, a former United States attorney from Iowa, as acting attorney general.

The resignation was the culmination of a toxic relationship that frayed just weeks into the attorney general’s tumultuous tenure, when he stepped aside from the investigation into potential coordination between the president’s campaign and Russia.

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Trump blamed the decision for opening the door to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the Russia investigation and began examining whether Trump’s hectoring of Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct justice and stymie the probe.


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  • jgmusgrove

    Well maybe now there can be investigations and indictments for all the shenanigans and illegal activity by Clinton and others prior to the election, and of the Kavanaugh accusers for perjury.

  • Chip Crawford

    When the Dems start shaking down the President, Cabinet and associates, aides, staff, et al, the President can return fire by catching up on the unfinished Clinton investigations and surrounding skullduggery in the agencies.

    Everyone knows Jeff Sessions is a good man, but his naiveté renders him unfit for high office, much less the one he partially occupied. The kind of rationale used in the recusal and ignoring the President’s angst and being almost pathologically uninvolved in those matters are one reason people write off Christianity as a project for nuts. Sadly, there are too may unwise Christians spoiling their witness and actually misrepresenting their Lord. I say this because to this day, ex-AG Sessions likely considers himself to have occupied the high ground and is now a martyr to his moral principles. Again — foolish, not Godly, not wisdom and actually rather self-centered in his own job interests which avoided the major political conflict.

  • calduncan

    I think that’s called “fired.”

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