Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general, ending months of speculation over whether President Donald Trump would fire him.

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.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was in the middle of giving his post-election spiel to reporters when the news broke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' firing. "A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date", Trump tweeted.

Mr. Sessions had recused himself from that matter, causing much of the break with Mr. Trump.

An element of Mr Mueller's investigation includes whether Trump or anyone in the campaign tried to obstruct justice. "Sessions allowed the Department of Justice to function as the political arm of the Trump administration to undo fundamental rights that protect each of us, disregarding years of legal precedent and settled law". "While the constitution grants the president the authority to dismiss his cabinet members, we will be keeping a close watch on the future of the special counsel's investigation and the impact of the appointment of a new Attorney General". The questions sought to determine whether the President's goal was to oust Sessions so he could replace him with someone who would take control of the investigation, these people said.

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Catherine Herridge reads Sessions's letter of resignation.

The move is an abrupt end to what had been a tumultuous tenure for Sessions, originally one of Trump's earliest and most loyal surrogates as an Alabama Republican senator. The attorney general, for his part, proved determined to remain in the position until dismissed.

Despite it all, Sessions never found himself back in favor with the president.

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

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