Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Jeff Sessions has resigned as attorney general, it was announced on Wednesday.

Sessions announced his plan to resign in a letter to the White House on Wednesday.

Mr. Trump added that a "permanent replacement" for Sessions "will be nominated at a later date".

Trump has never forgiven Sessions for that decision, which he regarded as an act of disloyalty that denied him the protection he thought he deserved from his attorney-general.

In June 2017, Whitaker appeared on a CNN panel on the Mueller probe.

As a member of Trump's 2016 campaign, Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation of ties between that campaign and the Russian government.

The departing attorney general also pointed to efforts to address the opioid epidemic with "new law enforcement tools and determination" and said they had seen results, but did not specify what kind. "I don't have an attorney-general", he said in September.

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"If this wasn't about the Mueller probe, why install an Acting AG other than the DEPUTY Attorney General?" he wrote in a tweet.

Special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in May.

In attacks delivered on Twitter, in person and in interviews, Trump called Sessions weak and beleaguered, complained that he wasn't more aggressively pursuing allegations of corruption against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and called it "disgraceful" that Sessions wasn't more serious in scrutinizing the origins of the Russian Federation investigation for possible law enforcement bias - even though the attorney general did ask the Justice Department's inspector general to look into those claims.

Trump was asked about Sessions' future in the administration at a press conference earlier today, though he did not provide a direct response. "If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'Thanks, Jeff, but I'm not going to take you.' It's extremely unfair - and that's a mild word - to the President".

On July 25, the president wrote the attorney general "has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!"

From 2004 to 2009, Whitaker, 49, served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. The president has repeatedly belittled Sessions in public and expressed regret about appointing him. In that letter, Sessions explained, "we have restored and upheld the rule of law - a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard".

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