US Attorney General Jeff Sessions sacked
WASHIINGTON D.C, United States of America
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has apparently been sacked in what has been described as a “blatant attempt” by Donald Trump to end the investigation into Russian collusion.
The former attorney general announced his resignation just hours after the President held a fiery new conference at White House about the mid-term elections that have made the Democrats seize the House of Representatives, but loose in the senate.
In a letter addressed to the President on Wednesday, Jeff Sessions noted: “At your request, I am submitting my resignation.”
Almost immediately, the president announced on his twitter account Jeff Sessions Chief of Staff, Matthew Whitaker, would become the acting attorney general.
In an interview with CNN last year, Mr Whitaker said: “I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment and that attorney general doesn’t fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt.”
Mr Mueller in his investiagtions has already brought charges against the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and other campaign figures, as well as against 25 Russians and three firms accused of meddling to help the president win in 2016.
The investigation is also looking into whether the president tried to obstruct the probe, as well as any financial misconduct by the Trump family.
Further progress was expected now that the midterms are over, with Mr Mueller having held back in recent weeks to avoid potentially influencing voters.
Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer said the president risks creating a “constitutional crisis” if he seeks to impede the Mueller investigation.
He said: “Given his previous comments advocating de-funding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general.”