Read Jeff Sessions' full resignation letter and President Trump's response

Read Jeff Sessions' full resignation letter and President Trump's response

Read Jeff Sessions' full resignation letter and President Trump's response

Sessions had previously tried to resign twice before, but Trump refused the resignations, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

In a long-expected but still shocking move, President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions just hours after the 2018 midterm elections.

In his resignation letter, obtained by several media outlets and posted to Twitter, Mr Sessions makes it clear he was quitting at the president's request. He will serve our Country well", Trump tweeted, adding: "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!

Trump named Matthew Whitaker - who served as Sessions' chief of staff at the Justice Department and was previously a USA attorney in Iowa - as acting attorney general. Sessions said in a letter to Trump that he resigned at the president's request. "The acting attorney general is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice", said department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.

On Twitter in 2017, Whitaker also disparaged the Mueller investigation as a "lynch mob", and mocked the president's legal team for not defending him strongly enough.

After the special counsel was appointed in May 2017, Trump also channeled his fury toward Sessions, accusing him of "disloyalty."

Instead, he gave Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein the authority to oversee the probe independently.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who frequently had been criticized publicly by President Trump for recusing himself in the Russian Federation probe, submitted his resignation Wednesday.

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".

Senator Susan Collins said: "It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation".

In it, the outgoing attorney general boasts his accomplishments during his time in the position. They now have subpoena power over things like Mr Trump's tax returns and have indicated they are willing to use it.

The senator said he found the timing of Sessions' departure "very suspect" and suggested it would cause a "constitutional crisis" if Trump made the move as a "prelude" to limiting the Russian Federation investigation.

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 USA election that delivered a Trump White House.

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