US Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

BREAKING: Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

US President Donald Trump has sacked his Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, one day after the Republicans lost control of Congress in the midterm elections.

Sessions, a former USA senator for Alabama, was one of the earliest supporters of, but nearly immediately ran into controversy in the new administration.

HINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/NewscomJeff Sessions has resigned as attorney general of the United States after President Donald Trump requested his resignation.

In his resignation letter, Sessions wrote: "Dear Mr President".

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"I don't have an attorney general".

In a CNN op-ed published past year, Whitaker suggested the investigation had gone too far amid reports the special counsel was looking into financial records relating to the Trump Organization.

Matthew Whitaker, left, and Jeff Sessions.

In the long run, Sessions is convinced that the country will be better served by the investigation proceeding naturally, as the findings will be more credible to the American public, the person said. "It's very sad", Trump told The Hill in September.

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Trump has long expressed frustration with Sessions over his recusal from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation is suddenly under threat in a way in hasn't been since it began. Mark Warner, ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that "any effort to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation would be a gross abuse of power by the President".

Sessions submitted his resignation to the president which he accepted.

Mr. Trump flexed the Vacancies Reform Act to skip over Mr. Rosenstein and other department officials who had been through Senate confirmation, and settle on Mr. Whitaker.

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At a forum for Republican candidates for Sente in 2004, Whitaker said that he would ask judicial nominees whether they were "people of faith" in the nomination process.

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