US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump
Mr. Trump tweeted on Wednesday.”We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” The president had repeatedly criticised his top law enforcement official after he recused himself from the Russia investigation dogging the White House.
President Trump said, Mr. Sessions will be temporarily replaced by his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, who has criticised the Russia inquiry
In a resignation letter, Mr. Sessions – a former Alabama senator who was an early supporter of Mr. Trump – made clear the decision to go was not his own.
Dear Mr. President, at your request I am submitting my resignation,” he wrote in an undated letter.
Most importantly, in my time as attorney general, we have restored and upheld the rule of law,
Mr. Sessions added, while thanking the Republican president.
According to a White House official, Mr. Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly called Mr. Sessions on Wednesday before Mr. Trump held a press conference to discuss mid-term election results.
Mr. Sessions voluntarily removed himself from the probe after Democrats accused him of failing to disclose contacts with the Russian ambassador during his Senate confirmation hearing.
Mr. Trump has repeatedly pilloried his top law enforcement official since Mr. Sessions stepped aside from the Russia inquiry in March 2017.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is hunting for evidence of potential collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Moscow.
The wide-ranging investigation – overseen by the Department of Justice – has resulted in a series of criminal charges against several Trump associates.
In July 2017 Mr Trump told the New York Times: “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.”
The attorney general later said he had forgotten about those meetings, which happened during the Trump election campaign.
President Trump has at various times belittled Mr. Sessions as “VERY weak” and “DISGRACEFUL”.