The US President Donald Trump fired Jeff Sessions from the post of Attorney General of the United States.
“At your request, I resign”, said Jeff Sessions in a statement sent to the White House.
“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well. We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date”, write Donald Trump in Twitter.
The US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to leave office today after more than an year of sharp personal attacks from the President Donald Trump for his withdrawal from investigation on Russian involvement on the 2016 presidential election.
In a 1-page letter, Jeff Sessions informed the president that he resigned at his request.
The resignation was the culmination of toxic relations that had eroded in the first weeks of the Chief Prosecutor’s term when he withdrew from the investigation of possible co-ordination between the campaign for Trump’s presidential election and Russia.
The President expressed dissatisfaction with the decision that it was subsequently possible to appoint Special attorney Robert Mueller, who took the investigation on Russian involvement on the 2016 presidential election, and began investigating whether Trump’s attacks against Jeff Sessions were not part of a wider effort to hinder justice and to steal the investigation into collusion between Trump’s and Russia’s campaign.
So far, the dimensions of this development to Robert Mueller’s investigation have not been fully understood. The Justice Ministry has not reported that Deputy Prosecutor Rod Rosenstein will also withdraw. Rod Rosenstein was the one who appointed Mueller more than a year and a half ago, and since then has been overseeing his work.
The attacks against Senate were directed, even though the Republican from Alabama was the first US senator to support President Trump’s candidacy, and despite the fact that his anti-crime program and priorities – especially his Hurricane policy on immigration – largely reflected those of the president, notes Associated Press.
The US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will oversee all issues within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice, including the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the US presidential election.