Sessions to Trump: Resignation ‘At Your Request’

As the midterms wind down there is still plenty happening in Washington. Attorney General Jeff Sessions turned in his resignation, notably at President Trump’s request.

Trump made a tweet thanking Sessions for his service as well as acknowledging Matthew Whitaker as his replacement.

“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well,” Trump tweeted, adding: “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”

The resignation letter Sessions submitted to the president starts by stating, “At your request, I am submitting my resignation.”

While not surprise, as Trump has been excessively critical of Sessions, Republicans were hoping that the president would allow Sessions to step down in a more dignified fashion, as Sessions has been a staunch Trump supporter since Trump started his campaign.

However Sessions stoked the president’s ire when he recused himself from the Russian probe being carried out by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

This is direct contrast with Whitaker, who has largely criticized the probe. In an op-ed to CNN Whitaker implied the investigation had already gone to far:

“Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing,” Whitaker wrote. “This information is deeply concerning to me. It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else. That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel.”

  1. FORMED AG Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was either the dumbest jackass or a Never Trumper. He should hang his head in shame.

  2. Jeff Sessions was a fine U.S.Senator, I really liked his service to our country. He was always good-natured, soft-spoken, and sincere. Then came the appointment to Attorney General, another issue completely.
    He would have to become hard, tough, assertive, and even combative. Trump was set upon by vindictive Democrats, he was angered by the short falls of Obama’s “deals” which gave U.S.’s adversaries the upper hand over us. I doubt A.G. Sessions had the stomach to take on such a job, and he retreated to recusing activities. This left the Trump presidency short of one Attorney General, whom, had he the stomach for the political chess match to come, could have led to solutions which had to be “on hold” indefinitely. It was a negative for this presidential administration. Trump sought to let Sessions out without fan-fair, but time was against that. He had to ask for Session’s resignation. It was a case of “The Peter Principle” in which a man had been promoted to one level more than he well functioned. The President took his time for the next A.G. appointment, he also learned that “Nice guys don’t win pennants.”

  3. Jeff Sessions is a nice man. I think he was kind and soft spoken. He could have been my friend…But, he lacked the strength to do a job like that. The Democrats ate him up. But a nice man Jeff is…I wish he wouldn’t have recused himself. He didn’t have to.

    1. If Sessions really was for Trump he had to resign long time ago. But he stayed and let all those wolfs to tear Trump apart. I think Sessions was the one whom Democrats and FBI put to Trump Compain as a spy to make Trump to trust him. He was another “insurance policy ” for Comey- Rosenstein- Mueller – Strask and Co.

  4. Jeff, be a man and just go away. You are starting to sound like Hillary WShnn it;s over accept it. You had your chance a bkew it for all America. So just leave.

  5. Sessions was in on this and put the screws to Trump. Trump trusted this meally mouth pos traitor and this is the pay back Sessions gives to Trump! Sets him up for impeachment and more. Where is this little pos traitor hes too quiet — he needs to be charged in this conspiracy and collusion and treason.

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