Jeff Sessions Out as Attorney General

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His loyalty went unrewarded - Mr Trump reportedly left it to his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to tell Mr Sessions the President wanted him to step down.

Trump appointed Sessions's chief of staff at the Department of Justice, Matthew G. Whitaker, as acting attorney general. For more than a year, Trump has blamed Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the Russian Federation election tamper investigation, which, in turn, led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He will serve our Country well", Trump tweeted, adding: "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!

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.

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who will likely serve as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee now that Democrats have reclaimed the House, tweeted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation must continue under Whitaker, and that the independence of the Department of Justice must not be compromised.

New acting attorney general Matt Whitaker is a longtime critic of the Mueller investigation and is a former Republican candidate.

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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Several GOP officials in Iowa who have known Whitaker for a long time say they were surprised by his shift in the Trump era.

In a formal letter to Trump, Sessions noted that he was submitting his resignation at the president's request.

Sessions explained when he removed himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March 2017 that he didn't want his role as an adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign to create a conflict of interest. And while Sessions' departure could jeopardize the Mueller investigation, the news also has cannabis advocates celebrating like the Ewoks after the destruction of the Death Star.

"It is nearly impossible not to interpret this any other way than to undercut Mueller", he said.

And in August 2017, Mr. Whitaker used his personal Twitter account to promote an op-ed by another lawyer that calls the Mueller probe "a lynch mob".

Whitaker issued a statement Wednesday night calling it a "true honor" to be chosen by Mr. Trump. "But when everybody sees what's going on in the Justice Department - I always put "justice" now with quotes".

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