Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns; the Internet Reacts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned in a letter to President Donald Trump.

Trump named Matthew Whitaker - who served as Sessions' chief of staff at the Justice Department and was previously a US attorney in Iowa - as acting attorney general.

The President was furious when Mr Sessions recused himself from investigations into Russia's possible meddling in U.S. elections and collusion with the Trump campaign, paving the way for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Muller.

Sessions' replacement, Matthew Whitaker, has written critically about the Mueller investigation before; Whitaker's elevation means that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein will no longer be in an oversight position over the Mueller investigation.

"He will serve our Country well", said Trump of Whitaker.

In an opinion piece written for CNN in August 2017 while serving as a commentator for the network, Mr Whitaker, a former United States attorney, said Mr Mueller would be crossing a line if he investigated the Trump family's finances.

Gowdy said he is not concerned that Whitaker may interfere with the Mueller probe into Trump and Russian Federation, calling the Brooklyn Democrat's statement "typical Chuck Schumer".

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No matter that Sessions had been one of Trump's earliest and most vocal supporters, endorsing the then-candidate when no other Republican senator was willing to embrace the untethered reality TV star as a serious political force.

It essentially paved the way for Robert Mueller's investigation - the issue blighting Trump's presidency.

He said that reasonable people can agree with Whitaker's perspective on the Mueller investigation, but "I'm sure that's something that got the president's attention". Sessions recused himself from the investigation because of his involvement with the president's campaign. He also said that Whitaker should recuse himself given previous comments about defunding and putting limitations on the probe.

Whitaker, a Republican, published an op-ed in CNN past year arguing that Mueller had gone too far in his probe, an opinion shared by the president. Speculation has mounted for months over Rosenstein's fate, but Trump said in September that he wanted Rosenstein to stay in his job. He added Wednesday that he felt it's "almost impossible" to not see Sessions' firing as an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

After the special counsel was appointed in May 2017, Trump also channeled his fury toward Sessions, accusing him of "disloyalty."

Sessions' resignation letter clearly states the departure was demanded by the president.

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