Meet Trump's New Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in December 2017

Matthew G. Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, will now become acting attorney general, and he will also oversee the Russian Federation investigation that the president often refers to as a "witch hunt".

"At your request, I am submitting my resignation", Sessions wrote in the opening of his resignation letter to Trump.

"We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States".

The swift firing may have also been a way for Mr Trump to get ahead of any efforts from the newly-empowered Democrats to reopen the House intelligence committee's investigation into ties between Mr Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation. 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.

Jeff Sessions was asked to submit his resignation as US Attorney General.

Asked if that would be to dwindle the special counsel's resources, Whitaker responded, "Right".

He previously wrote an opinion piece for CNN entitled "Mueller's investigation of Trump is going too far" that said Mr Trump's personal finances should be considered off-limits. This is the first time in U-S history a president attacks a Cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public.

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Good cause is a hard thing to show, especially since Mr Mueller's actions were approved by the deputy attorney general, said Jens Ohlin, a professor of criminal law at Cornell Law School.

Sessions resigned at the request of the president.

With the midterms over, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is believed to be preparing fresh indictments against Trump campaign figures, possibly including his son Donald Trump Jr. and a former campaign consultant Roger Stone, and could press for the president himself to answer questions. The attorney general, for his part, proved determined to remain in the position until dismissed.

Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat representing CT, took issue with the language around Sessions' resignation, noting the embattled AG was sacked by his boss and did not leave voluntarily.

Thanking Sessions for his service, Romney said that it was "imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded". At the time, the president said he didn't want to discuss Sessions' future.

He found satisfaction in being able to reverse Obama-era policies that conservatives say flouted the will of Congress, encouraging prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges they could and promoting more aggressive enforcement of federal marijuana law. He also announced media leak crackdowns, tougher policies against opioids and his Justice Department defended a since-abandoned administration policy that resulted in parents being separated from their children at the border. Sessions was a close campaign aide, attending national security meetings and introducing him at rallies in a red "Make America Great Again" hat.

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