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Jeff Sessions out as U.S. Attorney General

Jeff Sessions out as U.S. Attorney General

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks over recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr Trump tweeted that Matthew G Whitaker, Mr Sessions' chief of staff, would become Acting Attorney-General. It is not immediately clear if Whitaker will immediately take control of the investigation.

"I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice".

Attorney General Sessions submitted his resignation at the request of President Trump. He had often been the subject of Trump's anger after recusing himself from the federal investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has always been displeased with his decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"Protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount", Schumer said after his communications director passed him a note. But he and Mr. Trump have clashed, particularly after it was revealed Mr. Rosenstein talked about secretly recording the president or having him declared incapacitated. A logjam broke when Republican senators who had publicly backed Sessions began signaling a willingness to consider a new attorney general. The president previously said he would not have named Sessions to head the Justice Department had he known the AG would recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference discussing new criminal law enforcement action against China for economic espionage on November 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. But Sessions also thought that by staying in the job, he had protected the integrity of the investigation, the person said.

Some Democrats also considered Sessions too eager to do Trump's bidding and overly receptive to his grievances.

Despite it all, Sessions never found himself back in favor with the president.

Their relationship wasn't always fractured. Sessions' resignation letter has been delivered to White House chief of staff John Kelly. Sessions rejected the entreaty.

He vowed maintain "a close watch" on Mueller's investigation going forward "and the impact of the appointment of a new Attorney General". Trump tweeted Monday that "investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department".