Attorney General Sessions Resigns at Pres. Trump’s Request

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President Donald Trump essentially fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, a day after the midterm elections.

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An administration official told CNN that Trump did not call Sessions regarding his firing. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly informed the attorney general regarding the matter.

Sessions said Trump requested his resignation. For months, the President repeatedly criticized his attorney general for recusing himself from the Mueller investigation into the alleged Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

In fact, Trump told reporters in September, “I’m disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons.” In a separate interview with The Hill at the time, the President said, “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad.” He went on to say that he wasn’t happy with Sessions because of his recusal from the Muller probe into Russia’s election meddling and his performance on numerous issues.”

Sessions’ departure was not surprising since Trump was vocal about their deteriorating relationship. Republicans widely expected the President’s firing of the attorney general.