US Attorney General Sessions Out, What Will Trump Do About Mueller

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

A senior Justice Department official said White House chief of staff John Kelly called Sessions to request his resignation.

According to Dean, Trump won't necessarily fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election - but may be aiming "to undercut [Mueller] by the people around him".

In his tweet, Trump said: "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!" He wrote to President Trump that he came to work every day "determined to do my duty and serve my country".

"I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced", Whitaker said, "and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

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Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 and was a vocal supporter of him on the campaign trail.

Trump tweeted shortly after the resignation was announced, naming a temporary replacement of Sessions.

The timing comes as little surprise - it's understood Mr Trump has wanted to get rid of Mr Sessions for months but that he'd been advised doing so could have a negative impact on Republicans fighting in tight races in the midterms.

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"It is nearly impossible not to interpret this any other way than to undercut Mueller", he said.

Rosenstein, who normally would have become acting AG, is in charge of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. According to a CNN article, Mueller's investigators could be looking into financial records relating to the Trump Organization that are unrelated to the 2016 election. But with Sessions's resignation, that's changing.

Senior Republicans also seemed opposed to the news of Mr Whitaker's appointment and launched public warnings that Mr Mueller must be allowed to continue his investigation.

Cummings is set to chair his committee in January when Democrats take control of the House.

He called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe because of previous comments about the investigation, echoing calls from other top Democrats.

Rosenstein's future has also been under question, after the New York Times reported in September that he allegedly suggested he could wear a wire in the Oval Office with Trump, and discussed using the 25th Amendment to have the president removed.

"Bob Mueller is totally conflicted", Mr Trump continued but provided no evidence that the team led by Mr Mueller, a Republican appointed by Republicans, is biased against him.

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