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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is Out. Here’s What Could Happen Next

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is Out. Here’s What Could Happen Next Attorney General Jeff Sessions is Out. Here’s What Could Happen Next
Melinda Barton | 07 November, 2018, 22:59

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks over his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.

"And I hope President Trump and those he listens to will refrain from that", he added.

Trump used a tweet Wednesday afternoon to make the announcement and install Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, as the acting attorney general.

Sessions' tenure as attorney general was often turbulent, and rumors indicated he might resign or be fired after the midterm elections.

Sessions, a former U.S. senator for Alabama, was one of the earliest supporters of, but nearly immediately ran into controversy in the new administration.

Trump said a new replacement will be nominated at a later date. Mr Trump wrote on Wednesday. The president has repeatedly belittled Sessions in public and expressed regret about appointing him.

Sessions's recusal stems from the fact he was an active supporter of Trump's 2016 campaign.

Sessions was an enforcer of much of the Trump administration's hardline approach on immigration and regularly praised the President's tough words on crime.

Who is the new attorney general?

This week Mr. Sessions submitted his resignation in a letter addressed to Mr. Trump, but delivered to White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.

Sessions' departure has been expected.

"Attorney General Sessions has selflessly dedicated more than 40 years to serving the people of Alabama and the nation", Cornyn said in a statement.

"If he were to continue to investigate the financial relationships without a broadened scope in his appointment, then this would raise serious concerns that the special counsel's investigation was a mere witch hunt", said Whitaker, invoking one of President Trump's themes.

Now the question becomes whether the man who takes his place, Whitaker, will do anything to hamstring the Mueller investigation, which is set to draw to its close.

Sessions usually does not respond to the President's criticism, but he has at times pushed back. "It would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation".