Attorney General Jeff Sessions, upon President Trump’s request, has turned in his resignation, effective immediately. Here’s the announcement via tweet from President Trump.
There is no official word on a permanent replacement for the position, but pundits have wasted no time speculating on Trump’s motivation and the effect the move could have on the Mueller investigation.
Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, is already sworn in as interim AG, Fox News reports.
Whitaker, in a past interview with CNN, has discussed defanging the special counsel investigation by withholding funds, instead of firing Mueller.
Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans are pushing back immediately over the “appearance of interference.” Cries for Whitaker to recuse himself came swiftly and forcefully from multiple lawmakers and pundits.
Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind @realDonaldTrump removing Jeff Sessions from @TheJusticeDept. Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation? We will be holding people accountable. https://t.co/weykMuiCxm
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) November 7, 2018
Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) November 7, 2018
Sources say Sessions letter was prepared on Wednesday morning and that it was Chief of Staff Kelly who called for the exit, not President Trump.
More information will be forthcoming to this ongoing breaking news.