US President Donald Trump has fired Attorney General Jeff
Sessions a day after midterms, wrestling back control of the
Russia probe by getting rid of the man who supported it, and
choosing the one who has said all negative things about the
“At your request I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions
wrote in a letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly on
“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and
wish him well!” tweeted Trump, who has repeatedly criticised
his top law enforcement official after he recused himself from
the Russia investigation.
Trump said Sessions would temporarily be replaced by his chief
of staff, Matthew Whitaker, who has slammed the Russia inquiry
if not like Trump’s 160 times but enough to make the President
happy, the CNN reported.
On Tuesday after the voters chose a divided government by
handing the House majority back to Democrats, the CNN said
Trump made his hallmark — the sort of
I-do-what-feels-right-when-it-feels-right” move — just like it
has been over the past three years.
And with the firing of Sessions, Trump appeared got back
operational control of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe
into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the
possibility of collusion between Trump’s campaign and a foreign
Whitaker could hold the AG’s post for roughly 200 days because
he has not been confirmed previously by the Senate. But it is
his job in the next 100 days that would be crucial for Trump.
The acting AG has already openly criticised the breadth of
Mueller’s probe and even mused on this chain of events in a
2017 interview with CNN.
“I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced, it
would recess appointment and that attorney general doesn’t fire
Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his
investigations grinds to almost a halt.”
Given Whitaker’s past comments, Democrats immediately called on
him to recuse himself from oversight of the Muller probe.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Trump said: “I stay
away from it (Russia probe). But you know what I do? I let it
just go on. They’re wasting a lot of money, but I let it go on,
because I don’t want to do that. But you’re right; I could end
it right now. I could say, ‘That investigation is over.’”