WASHINGTON, D.C — (11-07-18) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns from his post at the ‘request” of President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Sources inside the Trump White House say that Trump wanted Jeff Sessions gone.
Sessions will not be missed by the LGBTQ community as he has made it a priority of his time as Attorney General to attack rights of the LGBTQ community. Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff Matt Whitaker has been temporarily named acting attorney general, announced Donald Trump via Twitter.
….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
Matt Whitaker will also assume oversight of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Whitaker by law can serve as acting Attorney General or a maximum of 210 days.
I look forward to working with President @realDonaldTrump to find a confirmable, worthy successor so that we can start a new chapter at the Department of Justice and deal with both the opportunities and challenges our nation faces. (2/3)
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 7, 2018
According to GOP insiders, acting attorney general Matt Whitaker is now in a position to fire Mueller “for cause” as outlined under rules governing the special counsel’s office, if such cause is found. Or, he can simply reduce his budget for the investigation to the bare bone.
Sessions Resignation Letter by on Scribd
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House received a resignation letter from Sessions, 71, earlier Wednesday and Trump accepted it. Sessions’ letter to Trump begins by saying, “At your request, I am submitting my resignation.”
A spokesman for Mueller’s office declined to comment when contacted by JRL CHARTS.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat and Senate minority leader, said, “Protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount.”
“It would create a constitutional crisis if this was a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation and I hope President Trump and those he listens to will refrain from that,” Schumer said.
Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham, tweeted his support for Trump’s decision and that he looks forward to working with the president on selecting the next AG.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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