U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his resignation on Wednesday after unrelenting criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump over his recusal from an investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential race. Sessions submitted his resignation to President Donald Trump on November 7.
In his resignation letter, obtained by several media outlets and posted to Twitter, Mr Sessions makes it clear he was quitting at the president's request. Before Whitaker joined to the Justice Department, he wrote an opinion piece for CNN in August 2017 criticizing the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Whitaker, who will now oversee special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, has publicly advocated for limiting the scope of that investigation.
Sessions' departure immediately raises questions about the future of Mueller's investigation.
Asked whether Mr. Whitaker would assume control over Mr. Mueller's investigation, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said he would be "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice".
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"President Trump just removed Jeff Sessions".
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"It is nearly impossible not to interpret this any other way than to undercut Mueller", he said.
Sessions' replacement, Matthew Whitaker, has written critically about the Mueller investigation before; Whitaker's elevation means that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein will no longer be in an oversight position over the Mueller investigation. Whitaker argued in a CNN op-ed a year ago that Mueller was "dangerously close to crossing" a red line following reports that the special counsel could be examining financial records tied to the Trump Organization.
"Creating a constitutional crisis to change an Election Day narrative is a new low, even for Trump", Rep. Seth Moulton tweeted. Trump never forgot it, and never forgave Sessions, whom he routinely derided from his perch on Twitter. Mr. Whitaker has criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between the president's Republican campaign and Russian Federation.
"I don't have an attorney general". They could also explore the possibility of impeachment.
"I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it", Mr Trump told a White House news conference.
"I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans".