Sessions out at Justice Department

Sessions out at Justice Department

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during House hearing, Photo by Doug Christian
President Donald Trump has threatened to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions several times. (Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON — Jeff Sessions resigned as attorney general Wednesday at the request of President Donald Trump.

Trump initially announced the move via a tweet.

Sessions issued a resignation letter to the White House, but noted that it was given at the request of the president.

His departure carries considerable weight since his eventual replacement will have the authority to dismiss Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is currently probing potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Sessions, who served as a surrogate on Trump’s campaign, recused himself last year from any federal investigation into potential collusion, a move that has drawn public ire from the president.

While Session’s eventual dismissal was widely expected in Washington, Trump declined to answer questions about the attorney general’s future during a lengthy press conference Wednesday afternoon before the president’s tweet, simply saying that he intended to address it later.

“I’d rather that at a little bit different time. We’re looking at a lot of different things including cabinet,” Trump said. “I’m very happy with most of my cabinet. We’re looking at different people for different positions.”

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