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Jeff Sessions' often turbulent run as attorney general ends at Trump's request

07 November 2018

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

A person close to Sessions, said the Attorney-General shared the President's frustration with the pace of the Russian Federation inquiry, and wished that it had been completed.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from US President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation. Sessions' exit also opens up the question of who will permanently fill the position. He said the resignation came at "your request". But he and Mr. Trump have clashed, particularly after it was revealed Mr. Rosenstein talked about secretly recording the president or having him declared incapacitated.

"The Senate must demand that any nominee for attorney general must commit to not interfere in the special counsel investigation, and continue to have Robert Mueller operate under the special counsel regulation", Romero's statement said. He will serve our Country well ...

Sessions' ousting will likely tarnish the integrity of the ongoing Mueller investigation in the eyes of many Democrats and Republicans alike, and Whitaker can even technically fire the special counsel if there is "cause."

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The US leader thanked Mr Sessions for his service, and wished him well.

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

The relentless attacks on Sessions came even though the Alabama Republican was the first USA senator to endorse Trump and despite the fact that his crime-fighting agenda and priorities - particularly his hawkish immigration enforcement policies - largely mirrored the president's.

Who is the new attorney general? Trump tweeted. "A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date". It is not clear whether Mueller was told ahead of time. Earlier this year, Mr. Trump said had had "no attorney general".

Jeff Sessions' often turbulent run as attorney general ends at Trump's request