Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns, Trump Appoints Acting AG

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns, Trump Appoints Acting AG

President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday seemed "to be planned like a murder", according to John Dean, the former White House counsel for President Richard Nixon. But President Trump's decision to request Sessions' resignation raises serious concerns about his commitment to the rule of law in the United States.

In his resignation letter, Sessions said that he was submitting his resignation "at your request", which is essentially another way of saying he was terminated.

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.

The description of the "Mueller protection rapid response" plan, which managed to organise hundreds of protests, reads: "By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller's boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation".

Schumer called it "paramount" that Mueller's status be protected by the new attorney general.

Trump and Sessions had a falling out after the attorney general recused himself from Mueller's investigation. But even as he continued to implement the Trump agenda, his relationship with the President remained strained and fraught for months due to the ongoing Mueller investigation. "He will serve our Country well", Trump wrote on Twitter. Mr. Whitaker has criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between the president's Republican campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump announced Sessions' departure on Twitter.

Mr Trump, a long-time critic of Mr Sessions, has thanked him for his service.

Clovis, the 2016 Trump campaign national co-chairman, said in a May radio interview that he has been interviewed by the special counsel's team and had testified before the Mueller grand jury.

That's the type of statement by the commander in chief that makes it all the more important that the officials at Justice Department are clearly not going by direction from the White House, but instead are following the facts and doing the law. Sessions' exit also opens up the question of who will permanently fill the position.

The move isn't entirely unexpected, as Trump publicly and privately berated Sessions after the latter recused himself from the investigation into possible collision between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation last March.

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