In a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Jeff Sessions resigned his position as Attorney General of the United States on Wednesday, at the request of President Trump.
“I came to work at the Department of Justice everyday determined to do my duty and serve my country I have done so to the best of my ability,” he wrote.
Here is the letter, or most of it: pic.twitter.com/UWcYyvdpBd
— Del Quentin Wilber (@DelWilber) November 7, 2018
“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well,” Trump tweeted.
“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date,” he added.
….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
According to the Washington Examiner:
Sessions’ departure from the Trump administration comes after more than a year and a half of public beratings from the president, who continually put the blame on him for special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.
When asked earlier about Sessions’ job security at a press conference Wednesday, Trump said he would rather answer the question later.
One of Trump’s most recent attacks came in an interview with Fox News, when he said Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department.”
Sessions issued a rare statement in rebuke of Trump’s comments on Fox News that said he “took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the president’s agenda.”
Sessions has also come under fire from grassroots conservatives upset with his recusal in all matters relating to the Trump-Russia probe. Additionally, conservatives do not believe he has done enough to root out “deep state” operatives in the Justice Department.
Yet @jeffsessions is not putting anyone in jail! Enough with the bullshit hearings that do nothing! Arrest the criminals no matter who they are! The establishment had no [email protected] after @realDonaldTrump who has done nothing they claim!
— 650grainsofdiplomacy (@KnightBLKRifle) August 30, 2018
Enough with the BS talk @SteveScalise @GOPLeader find AG Jeff Sessions in contempt already. The American people are done with the Mueller Witch Hunt! Do not believe for one minute that you will be reelected if you don't do your job. The American people have spoken. #CONTEMPTNOW
— Joe Rodriguez (@JoeRodr36477397) May 9, 2018
President Trump if you do not fire Jeff sessions at this point in your presidency there will be no point of continuing These people do what they want and nothing is done about it, nothing. Bring America back to Law & Justice. America has had enough. Someone do something already.
— Sandy Keller (@mousymama) March 6, 2018
1- There is enough evidence to prosecute HRC et al NOW – Why is that not done already!
2- If a special counsel that MUST be a NON-DC lawyer!
We The People DEMAND justice will be served to all the Clinton Obama cohort criminals!
— 🔥FireBrand🇺🇸❤️Nationalist (@firebrand_oz7) February 28, 2018
And that’s just a tiny sampling of tweets posted by those who do not feel Sessions has done enough.
According to the Examiner, it was “widely believed” that Sessions would resign after the midterm elections. It’s doubtful, however, that anyone thought the resignation would happen so fast.
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