Nov 08, 2018 09:24 Asia/Tehran
  • Trump fires Attorney General

US President on Wednesday dismissed Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replaced him with Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff and a longtime critic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Iran PressAmerica: “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,” Trump said in a tweet.

 “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date,” he  twitted.

A US official said on Wednesday that Sessions was told he had to resign in a telephone call from John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, rather than Trump himself, Press TV reported.

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Soon after Trump’s tweets, an undated letter to Kelly made the rounds, in which Sessions said, "At your [Trump’s] request I am submitting my resignation.”

Sessions, a longtime Alabama senator and one of the key elements behind Trump’s surprise election win in 2016, ran the Justice Department for nearly two years.

He was one of the earliest supporters of Trump’s campaign but enraged Trump by recusing himself in March 2017 from investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. 102/202


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