Jeff Sessions Has Been Fired

08 November, 2018, 06:02 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • BREAKING Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

"The dismissal of the nation's top law enforcement official is a huge step, one that should not be based on political motives - and certainly should not be done to protect the president or his cronies from the law", Romero said.

Trump announced on Twitter that Sessions's chief of staff, Matthew G. Whitaker, would be taking over as Acting Attorney General until a more permanent replacement could be named.

Attorney-General Jeff Sessions submitted his resignation today at the request of US President Donald Trump.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has endured more than a year of criticism from Donald Trump.

The departure creates uncertainty at the Justice Department, but also for special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the USA election that delivered a Trump White House.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation is suddenly under threat in a way in hasn't been since it began.

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".

Matthew Whitaker is a CNN legal commentator and former U.S. attorney who directs the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a conservative ethics watchdog group.

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Mr Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, has been appointed acting attorney general.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said that the acting attorney general - meaning Whitaker - is in charge of "all matters" within the department, including the Russian Federation probe.

"The Trump Organization's business dealings are plainly not within the scope of the investigation, nor should they be", Whitaker added in that August 6, 2017, op-ed.

A senior GOP congressional aide reaffirmed the previous position for GOP leadership that Trump should not fire Mueller.

"Creating a constitutional crisis to change an Election Day narrative is a new low, even for Trump", Rep. Seth Moulton tweeted.

"Protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount", he said.

Trump issued a statement, saying that "we thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! But when everybody sees what's going on in the Justice Department - I always put "justice" now with quotes".

The sacking comes as Mr Trump braces for an expected barrage of investigations into him and his administration now that Democrats have control of the House.


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