Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump’s request

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in December 2017

"A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date", Trump tweeted. Mr Trump wrote on Wednesday.

Because Sessions resigned, President Trump was able to immediately appoint a new acting attorney general, rather than needing to go through the Senate approval process otherwise required to name a new AG.

In a September, 2018 profile of Whitaker in The New York Times, Whitaker was described as a "Trump loyalist" that is known by some White House source to be Trump's "eyes and ears" in the Attorney General's office.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks over recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr Sessions was the first U.S. senator to endorse Mr Trump for president.

Sessions' departure has been expected.

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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. He will serve our Country well ...

President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, increasing the possibility that the president could also sideline Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Schumer declined to answer a question about what he would want to see in an attorney general nominee, while raising suspicions about Trump's decision to oust Sessions. I find the timing very suspect, number one.

Earlier this year, Mueller's team questioned witnesses about Trump's private comments and state of mind in late July and early August of last year, around the time he belittled his "beleaguered" Attorney-General on Twitter, these people said.

As The Washington Post noted, Whitaker has made public statements expressing skepticism towards the Mueller investigation.

Whitaker wrote, "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing..."

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