Attorney General Jeff Sessions Replaced By Matthew Whitaker; Trump Attacked Sessions After He Recused Himself From Russia Investigations, Publicly Asked Him To End “Rigged Witch Hunt”

 In Conflicts Of Interest, Russia   Last Updated: November 17, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday [November 7, 2018] at President Trump’s request.”  He was replaced by Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ Chief of Staff.  Trump publicly attacked and insulted Sessions after Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation when it was determined that Sessions had met with Russian officials and lied about it.

Trump has never forgiven Sessions for his recusal, which he regarded as an act of disloyalty that denied him the protection he thought he deserved from his attorney general. “I don’t have an attorney general,” he said in September.”

Trump repeatedly called on Sessions to end the Russia probe on Twitter and TV interviews.  ‘..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!’ Trump tweeted on Aug. 1.”

Whitaker also will oversee special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation” which was previously managed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

 

 

Devlin Barrett , Matt Zapotosky and Josh Dawsey. "Jeff Sessions forced out as attorney general." Washington Post, 07 November 2018. Web. 17 November 2018.
Kevin Johnson. "Trump fires Jeff Sessions, names Matthew Whitaker as interim attorney general." USA TODAY, 07 November 2018. Web. 17 November 2018.
KAELYN FORDE, CHEYENNE HASLETT MIKE LEVINE. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired by President Trump, leaving Mueller probe in new hands." ABC News, 08 November 2018. Web. 17 November 2018.
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