Jeff Sessions Out at Trump's Request

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday seemed "to be planned like a murder", according to John Dean, the former White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.

"Dear Mr President, at your request I am submitting my resignation", Mr Sessions said in his letter.

It is an abrupt end to a hard tenure for Jeff Sessions, who was the first Republican senator to back Donald Trump in his quest for the presidency.

He predicted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will "disappoint" mainstream media personalities, projecting the ex-FBI director will find no collusion between Trump and the Kremlin.

The answer may lie in a 2017 op-ed article on CNN.com he wrote, arguing that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation should not extend to the finances of President Trump and his family.

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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.

You can read Sessions' full resignation letter below.

A replacement for Mr Mueller though would have no such constraints, potentially allowing Mr Trump to hamstring the investigators.

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.

But there has also been speculation Mr Trump could try to kill or suppress the 18 month-old probe, pressing his view that Mr Mueller leads a team staffed by Democrats operating under an illegal mandate.

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"I don't have an attorney general".

He also said Mr Sessions' replacement might reduce Mr Mueller's budget "so low that his investigation grinds nearly to a halt".

Mueller is investigating potential links or coordination between Trump's 2016 campaign associates and the Russian government. Though Sessions effectively used his AG position to further some highly criticized changes at the Justice Department (like instituting a zero-tolerance policy at the United States border and threatening to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities) he did not always get along with the man in charge. As one might expect in this overlapping morass, Trump's going with "the interpretation that lets him do whatever he wants".

The businessman-turned-politician has repeatedly criticised Mr Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election that saw Mr Trump elected to the White House.

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