Texas Senator John Cornyn Reacts To Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resignation

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

He said he had quit the role at the president's request.

Sessions said in a letter to Trump that he resigned at the president's request.

Sessions' abrupt departure from the Justice Department is nearly certainly related to the Democrats' victory in the House of Representatives, and its implications in the Special Counsel investigation.

Mr Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker has been appointed acting attorney general, the president announced via Twitter.

To Trump's unrelenting ire, Sessions was unable to rein in Mueller's expansive probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the president obstructed justice, given Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the probe in March 2017.

Whitaker, who will now oversee the Mueller investigation, wrote an op-ed for CNN.com in August, 2017, arguing the Mueller would be going too far if he were investigating Trump's finances.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was asked about Sessions' resignation at a news conference Wednesday.

Trump and Whitaker personally discussed the prospect of his replacing Sessions just last month, according to The Washington Post.

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

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He said he was "not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation, because it is a hoax".

MA elected officials are talking about a possible "constitutional crisis" in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation on Wednesday. "He will serve our Country well", tweeted the President.

"Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind" Trump's move to remove Sessions, he said. In it, the outgoing attorney general boasts his accomplishments during his time in the position.

Senior Republicans also seemed opposed to the news of Mr Whitaker's appointment and launched public warnings that Mr Mueller must be allowed to continue his investigation.

He ends: "Thank you for the opportunity, Mr President".

A court battle is also likely if the argument is made that Sessions was sacked, nullifying the Vacancies Reform Act's relevance in this case.

"I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans".

The President was furious when Mr Sessions recused himself from investigations into Russia's possible meddling in U.S. elections and collusion with the Trump campaign, paving the way for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Muller.

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