WASHINGTON D.C., November 7, 2018 — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned from his position at the Department of Justice, ending a tenure bruised and battered by humiliations. President Trump announced Jeff Sessions’ resignation on Twitter thanking Jeff Sessions for his service and announced that Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker will take over as acting Attorney General.
….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
Trump has not offered any insight into a possible replacement. Jeff Sessions’ resignation does not affect Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen Mueller’s probe into the Tump 2016 campaign and Russian hackers. President Trump has said that Whitaker will take over everything, meaning Rosenstein will no longer oversee the special counsel’s work. Rosenstein was only in charge of the Russia probe because AG Sessions recused himself from the special counsel.
In his resignation letter, Sessions said he was honored to serve as the U.S. Attorney General. Many political insiders expected his resignation. However, liberals believe that this move is an attempt by Trump to better control the Russia investigation led by Robert Mueller.
Jeff Sessions previously said the role of Attorney General was his dream job and he pursued his conservative gameplan with gusto. However, he had to deal with attacks from a president he didn’t seem to be on the same page. DOJ veterans have spoken out that Trump’s attacks on Sessions, the DOJ and the FBI could have a lasting impact on federal law enforcement.
Sessions was one of Trump’s original supporters. He was the first U.S. Senator to endorse Trump and supported Trump’s policies on immigration, crime and law enforcement. Trump had previously threatened or demanded Session’s ouster, but aides convinced him to keep him for a bit longer. Trump and Sessions previously had a confrontation, which resulted in Sessions giving Trump a resignation letter.
It’s unclear who will become the next Attorney General, and how they will shape the future of the Russia probe and other actions taken by President Trump. Politico has said that Trump may consider appointing Rudy Giuliani as his next attorney general. Whoever is appointed must clean house within the DOJ and get rid of everyone who is attempting to stall the work of the DOJ.