Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Jeff Sessions submits resignation to Trump

Jeff Sessions submits resignation to Trump

"Most importantly as my time as attorney general, we have restored and upheld the rule of law", Mr Sessions added, while thanking the Republican president. Sessions' exit also opens up the question of who will permanently fill the position.

"Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president", Trump told NYT, referring to himself. "Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as Attorney General of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country", the letter reads, according to HuffPost reporter Ryan Reilly.

He vowed maintain "a close watch" on Mueller's investigation going forward "and the impact of the appointment of a new Attorney General".

The decision infuriated Trump, who repeatedly lamented that he would have never selected Sessions if he had known the attorney general would recuse.

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Mr Sessions, 71, had recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, because of his role in the Trump election campaign and the investigation has caused considerable tension between Mr Trump and Mr Sessions, which the president dubbed a "witch hunt".

Sessions had been protected for much of his tenure by the support of Senate Republicans, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who had said he would not schedule a confirmation hearing for another attorney general if Trump fired him. 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.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer commented on Sessions while holding a news conference about the midterm elections, saying he felt the announcement was suspicious.

Earlier this year, Mueller's team questioned witnesses about Trump's private comments and state of mind in late July and early August of last year, around the time he belittled his "beleaguered" Attorney-General on Twitter, these people said.

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