Jeff Sessions out as U.S. Attorney General

Jeff Sessions out as U.S. Attorney General

With a renewed Senate majority, Trump will have the ability to cram through anyone of his choice. The piece goes on to cite law enforcement sources who say non-Russia-related leads that "involve Trump associates" are being referred to the special counsel "to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate". "It would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation".

Shortly before Trump's announcement on Wednesday, he held a press conference in which he was asked if was planning on making any changes to his team.

"I find the timing very suspect, number one", he said. It had been determined that Sessions had multiple meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, without disclosing it to the government before taking the attorney general position. Earlier this year, Mr. Trump said had had "no attorney general".

Mr. Sessions defended his tenure. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc.

Sessions said was "honored to serve" and said his Justice Department "restored and upheld the rule of law - a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard".

Unusual inherited Sessions's Senate seat after his appointment as U.S. Attorney General.

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Sessions' chief-of-staff, Matthew Whitaker, will be acting attorney general, Trump said on Twitter.

What might happen next could be explosive. He ran in the Republican primary for Iowa Senate in 2014. The New York Times is reporting that the President "forced out" Sessions for recusing himself in Robert Mueller's investigation, which is now picking back up after the midterms. The president previously said he would not have named Sessions to head the Justice Department had he known the AG would recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

He ends: "Thank you for the opportunity, Mr President".

"It's extremely unfair - and that's a mild word - to the president", Trump said.

A couple of hours prior to Trump announcing the departure of Sessions on Twitter, former U.S. Sen.

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