Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

In a formal letter to Trump, Sessions noted that he was submitting his resignation at the president's request.

The top Democrat on the House oversight committee says Congress should investigate "the real reason" for the "termination" of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, will serve as acting attorney general, Trump announced Wednesday afternoon.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is a possible contender to permanently replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, sources familiar with the matter tell CBS News.

Jeff Sessions ended his tenure as Attorney General today by tendering his resignation after an acrimonious relationship with President Trump. Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said at a news conference in Washington that "protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount" and it "would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation". Whitaker was hired as a CNN legal commentator a year ago for several months, before leaving the role in September 2017 to head to the Justice Department as chief of staff to now-former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

It's unclear what Mueller's fate will be with Whitaker's ascension to acting attorney general.

Mr Rosenstein in turn appointed Mr Mueller, a former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe because of previous comments about the investigation, echoing calls from other top Democrats. "He will serve our Country well", tweeted the President.

In 2017, Matthew "Matt" Whitaker wrote a scathing op-ed about the Mueller probe for CNN, arguing that it had gone too far.

He also said Mr Sessions' replacement might reduce Mr Mueller's budget "so low that his investigation grinds nearly to a halt".

On Twitter in 2017, Whitaker also disparaged the Mueller investigation as a "lynch mob", and mocked the president's legal team for not defending him strongly enough.

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

Trump said: "According to NBC News, Voters Nationwide Disapprove of the so-called Mueller Investigation (46%) more than they Approve (41%)".

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