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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns: ‘At Your Request, I Am Submitting My Resignation’


Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns: ‘At Your Request, I Am Submitting My Resignation’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted a resignation letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Wednesday afternoon.

The letter was delivered by hand to the White House after it was requested by President Trump earlier Wednesday.

Sessions wrote that he was submitting his resignation at the request of President Trump, who has been highly critical of his attorney general since he recused himself last year from overseeing the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

“At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in an undated letter to the president.

“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 Jusitce every day determined to do my duty and serve my country,” Sessions wrote. “I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice.”

“Thank you for the opportunity, Mr. President,” Sessions said in his closing.

Trump tweeted that Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew G. Whitaker, will serve as acting attorney general.

Last year, Whitaker said the special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling risked becoming a “witch hunt.”

“If [Mueller] 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,” Whitaker wrote on last August.

In an appearance on CNN last summer, Whitaker predicted that Trump would place pressure on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe, and “try to get Rod to maybe even cut the budget of Bob Mueller.”

“I think what ultimately the president is going to start doing is putting pressure on Rod Rosenstein, who is in charge of this investigation,” Whitaker said, “and really try to get Rod to maybe even cut the budget of Bob Mueller and do something a little more stage crafty than the blunt instrument of firing the attorney general and trying to replace him.”

In his op-ed for CNN a short time after that appearance, Whitaker wrote that any investigation into the president’s personal finances would constitute “a red line” that Mueller is “dangerously close to crossing.”

“It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign,” he wrote. “That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel.”

Whitaker went on to urge Rosenstein “to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel.”

Whitaker also weighed in on news that Donald Trump Jr. had attended a meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. He told CNN at the time: “You would always take the meeting” and “you certainly want to have any advantage, any legal advantage you can” as a political candidate.

On August 6, 2017, Whitaker retweeted an article titled “Note to Trump’s lawyer: Do not cooperate with Mueller lynch mob.”

Whitaker added, “Worth a read.”


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