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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns

09 November 2018, 03:13 | Glen Norman

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said he was resigning at the request of US President Donald Trump on Nov 7 2018

Sessions and President Trump have had a contentious relationship nearly from the start of the administration, and the attorney general's reluctance to crack down on legal cannabis states could theoretically be attributed, in part, to that dynamic.

Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will serve as acting attorney general for the time being, with a permanent replacement to come later.

In a letter, Mr Sessions said he was resigning at the president's request.

"Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020!"

A handful of Republicans joined in the chorus, including Utah senator and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney who wrote on Twitter it was "imperative. that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded".

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Mr Sessions, who was an early backer of the Trump campaign, recused himself in March 2017 from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation under a similar rule which prohibits officials from overseeing investigations into subjects with whom they have a "a personal or political relationship".

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Mr Trump had made his unhappiness publicly known, griping that he would not have picked Mr Sessions for the post, had he known the Attorney-General would step aside to allow the "witch hunt" to go on.

One reason Sessions endured months of taunting from Trump is that he believed he was protecting the integrity of the Justice Department and was trying to prevent the president from bringing in someone who would politicize it, according to a US official who has worked with Sessions and frequently talked with him.

Sessions took himself out of decision-making on the probe in March 2017 even after Trump dispatched the White House lawyer to persuade him not to do so, according to a person familiar with the matter. His recusal was one of his first public acts as attorney-general.

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