Jeff Sessions resigns as U.S. Attorney General, at Trump's request

Jeff Sessions resigns as U.S. Attorney General, at Trump's request

The ink on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation letter is barely dry, but Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is already being talked about as his potential successor.

"Jeff Sessions' long history of racism and lying under oath would have disqualified him from serving as Attorney General under anyone but a racist liar like Donald Trump", CREDO Action Co-Director Heidi Hess said.

Sessions quickly issued his own resignation letter, admitting that he was resigning at Trump's request.

Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, will serve as acting attorney general, Trump announced Wednesday afternoon.

In late September, the New York Times reported that Whitaker was likely to replace Rosenstein as deputy AG because he's known for having Trump's vote of confidence.

"I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans", Whitaker said.

Last year Whitaker, who was a legal analyst for CNN as well as former US attorney, wrote that he felt the Mueller investigation had gone too far in looking into Trump Organization financial records that were not related to the 2016 election.

He has also irritated House Republicans for fulfilling lawmakers' requests for documents as they investigate DOJ and FBI bias in their investigation of the Trump campaign. In recusing himself, the attorney general took control of the Russian Federation probe out of the hands of a Trump loyalist, and handed it to Rod Rosenstein, where it remained until today.

Mr Trump has at various times belittled Mr Sessions as "beleaguered", "VERY weak", and "DISGRACEFUL".

The president has repeatedly criticised Mr Sessions, a former Republican senator and early supporter of Mr Trump's longshot candidacy.

The statement reads: "It is a true honour that the President has confidence in my ability to lead the Department of Justice as Acting Attorney General".

"He will serve our Country well", said Trump of Whitaker.

Trump on Wednesday threatened Democrats over the possibility of new investigations, saying he'd take a "warlike posture".

In a legal commentator role, he suggested Mr Mueller limit the scope of his investigation. He added Wednesday that he felt it's "almost impossible" to not see Sessions' firing as an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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