Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump ousts U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announces interim replacement

Trump ousts U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announces interim replacement

Trump often criticized Sessions on social media, but on Wednesday said, "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well".

If Sessions's departure is officially categorized as a resignation rather than being fired, then under the 1998 Vacancies Reform Act, Trump will be able to temporarily replace him with any other government official who has already been confirmed by the Senate, who would then serve as acting attorney general and likely be able to fire Mueller.

For more than a year, Trump has blamed Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the Russian Federation election tamper investigation, which, in turn, led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He wrote to President Trump that he came to work every day "determined to do my duty and serve my country".

In an opinion piece written for CNN in August 2017 while serving as a commentator for the network, Mr Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney, said Mr Mueller would be crossing a line if he investigated the Trump family's finances. "A permanent replacement will be named at a later date", Trump said.

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The relentless attacks on Sessions came even though the Alabama Republican was the first US 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.

On the very morning after Kobach lost his bid for the Governor's Mansion, a new job opening has some people thinking Kobach may get a spot in President Trump's Cabinet - and it may not take much more than two seconds. He said it would spark a "constitutional crisis" if Trump forced out Sessions as a "prelude" to ending or limiting Mueller's investigation. Trump tweeted this June that "the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn't tell me he was going to recuse himself". He said he would have picked someone else if he had known Mr Sessions would recuse himself.

He also said the "facts show it was gross negligence" when Clinton used a personal email system and therefore "removed the information from State Department security".

The president also warned the Democrats against investigating him, after taking over the House in the midterm elections. He also fired one of the president's primary antagonists, former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe, just before he was to have retired - a move Trump hailed as a "great day for democracy".

I asked a DOJ spokesperson if Acting AG Matt Whitaker would take over supervision of the Mueller probe. He has said that Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted for her email scandal as secretary of state and that Trump made the right call in firing FBI Director James Comey.

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