Trump Fires Attorney General Sessions, Sessions Releases Resignation Letter


US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned, saying the decision has been reached at the request of US President Donald Trump.

Jeff Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will be replacing him as Acting Attorney General.

Rejecting White House entreaties not to do so, Mr Sessions stepped aside from overseeing the Federal Bureau Investigation's probe of potential collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who will likely serve as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee now that Democrats have reclaimed the House, tweeted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation must continue under Whitaker, and that the independence of the Department of Justice must not be compromised.

"[Whitaker] will serve our Country well", Trump tweeted.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said it is "paramount" that the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller be protected by Trump's new attorney general.

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71-year-old Mr Sessions was one of the first members of Congress to back Mr Trump's presidential campaign in 2015.

Sessions was an enforcer of much of the Trump administration's hardline approach on immigration and regularly praised the President's tough words on crime.

Dean said Wednesday that despite the potential implications Sessions' firing could have on the Mueller investigation, he still has faith in the justice system, including the conservative-leaning Supreme Court.

He has also publicly mused how one might go about eviscerating the Mueller investigation without formally disbanding the whole operation.

In a sign of how Whitaker would handle the Mueller investigation if he does take oversight, he notably authored a piece for CNN last August, entitled, "Mueller's investigation of Trump is going to far".

In an interview on "CNN Newsroom", Dean said the ouster was "unlike the Saturday Night Massacre" of October 1973, when the embattled Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox, and accepted the resignations of his attorney general and deputy attorney general amid the Watergate scandal. He also fired one of the president's primary antagonists, former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe, just before he was to have retired - a move Trump hailed as a "great day for democracy".

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called it a "blatant attempt" to undermine the Russian Federation probe, while Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that "clearly, the president has something to hide".