U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

President Trump is considering a retired federal appeals court judge who also served on the California Supreme Court as the next US attorney general following the Wednesday resignation of Jeff Sessions, according to reports.

Mr. Whitaker has criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between the president's Republican campaign and Russian Federation.

Mr Sessions cited his role as a senior adviser to the Trump presidential campaign as the reason he would not oversee the probe and instead and appointed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oversee the investigation.

"We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!" the president continued. He will serve our Country well.... Unless Trump replaces him with a DVD of 'Reefer Madness'.

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After enjoying Sessions' early support on the campaign trail, Trump turned against his AG in March 2017 after he recused himself from a probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Whitaker issued a statement Wednesday night calling it a "true honor" to be chosen by Mr. Trump.

"Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation".

Mr Trump lost trust in his top law enforcement officer after Mr Sessions announced that he would step aside from the Russian Federation investigation past year, and allow his deputy Rod Rosenstein to lead the politically-charged probe.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), expected to be the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted, "Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind @realDonaldTrump removing Jeff Sessions from @TheJusticeDept".

In a sign of how Whitaker would handle the Mueller investigation if he does take oversight, he notably authored a piece for CNN last August, entitled, "Mueller's investigation of Trump is going to far".

They say protecting Mr Mueller and his investigation is paramount - and with their majority in the House of Representatives, they now have a lot more scope to do just that. He also said that Whitaker should recuse himself given previous comments about defunding and putting limitations on the probe. 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.

Mr Sessions was widely expected to step down in the wake of the United States midterm elections, which saw the Republican party retain their majority in the Senate, but lose control of the House of Representatives. "It's very sad", Trump told The Hill in September.

Now Mr Trump has picked someone else - Matthew Whitaker.

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