US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions fired by Donald Trump

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

In a formal letter to Trump, Sessions noted that he was submitting his resignation at the president's request.

And Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, another Judiciary Committee member who once said there'd be "holy hell to pay" if Trump fired Sessions, called the relationship "dysfunctional" and said he thought the president had the right after the midterm to select a new attorney general.

"Jeff Sessions, once one of President Trump's most loyal and trusted advisers before infuriating Trump over his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation, has resigned as attorney general at the request of the president", writes Fox News. "Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?"

In the long run, Sessions is convinced that the country will be better served by the investigation proceeding naturally, as the findings will be more credible to the American public, the person said.

Because of Sessions' recusal, the investigation has been under the oversight of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has also come under fire from the Trump administration.

He said a permanent replacement would be nominated at a later date.

Mr Sessions, 71, had recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, because of his role in the Trump election campaign and the investigation has caused considerable tension between Mr Trump and Mr Sessions, which the president dubbed a "witch hunt". To recap, there is a statutory basis for presidents selecting pretty much whoever they want to act as a cabinet official but there are also specific procedures for the Justice Department to prevent presidents from, you know, firing people investigating them and replacing them with loyalists.

In July 2017 Mr Trump told the New York Times: "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else". Earlier this year, Mr. Trump said had had "no attorney general".

Trump's White House has seen extensive turbulence with multiple high level departures.

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