President Donald Trump announced Wednesday afternoon that Jeff Sessions is out as Attorney General, with Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker taking his place until a new permanent AG is selected and confirmed.
"[Whitaker] will serve our Country well", Trumptweeted.
Mr Sessions was the first USA senator to endorse Mr Trump for president.
That move could draw legal scrutiny. I find the timing very suspect, number one. He seemed stunned by the development.
Now the question becomes whether the man who takes his place, Whitaker, will do anything to hamstring the Mueller investigation, which is set to draw to its close.
The departure was not unexpected, though. He is a conservative who has written op-eds in the past suggesting that the Mueller Investigation of Trump and the 2016 election has gone "too far", and has also run for elected office three times in the past, all times as a Republican.
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He also complained that the Justice Department's criminal prosecution of two GOP House members could hurt Republicans' chance to maintain the majority.
Trump and Sessions have clashed since the 2017 inauguration.
The departure creates uncertainty at the Justice Department, but also for special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the United States election that delivered a Trump White House.
Mr. Sessions defended his tenure.
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