U.S. Attorney General Sessions Resigns, Throwing Doubt On Russia Probe

U.S. Attorney General Sessions Resigns, Throwing Doubt On Russia Probe

Sessions, who resigned Wednesday at Trump's request, frequently drew the president's ire for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions resigned his position as attorney general in a letter to the President, writing, "At your request, I am submitting my resignation".

With the midterms over, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is believed to be preparing fresh indictments against Trump campaign figures, possibly including his son Donald Trump Jr. and a former campaign consultant Roger Stone, and could press for the president himself to answer questions.

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Matthew Whitaker is an aide who has been selected to replace Attorney General Jeff Session as the interim Attorney General until Trump nominates a permanent replacement, according to a tweet by Trump on Wednesday. The resignation was the culmination of a toxic relationship that frayed just weeks into Sessions' tumultuous tenure, when he stepped aside from the Mueller investigation.

Cummings is also pushing for Congress to "confirm" that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is recused from overseeing the investigation.

Sessions was an enforcer of much of the Trump administration's hardline approach on immigration and regularly praised the President's tough words on crime. In that scenario, Mueller's budget could be reduced "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt", Mr. Whitaker said during a July 2017 interview with CNN.

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Outgoing House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said that newly departed Attorney General Jeff Sessions "has been a proverbial dead man walking for several months now". Whitaker said in a May 2017 statement: "I believed there was a strong case to bring against [Clinton] and she should be extremely grateful that has not happened". "He wants an Attorney General to serve his interest, not the public", Schiff tweeted.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in appointing Mueller, ordered him to investigate possible Russian collusion and "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that "it would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation".

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Sessions' also notably increased enforcement of the federal marijuana law, and worked to rollback discrimination protections for gay and transgender people.

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