U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned as the country's chief law enforcement officer at the request of President Donald Trump, throwing the future of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation into uncertainty.
Mr Sessions's chief of staff - Matthew Whitaker - has been appointed Acting Attorney-General.
To Mr Trump's great anger, on March 2, 2017, Mr Sessions recused himself from involvement in and oversight of the nascent Russia collusion investigation because of his own Russian contacts during the 2016 campaign. "Since the day I was sworn in as Attorney General of the United States, I came to work at the Justice Department every day determined to do my duty and serve my country".More news: US, South Korea marines hold small-scale exercise ahead of North Korea talks
"I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced", Whitaker said, "and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".
Last month, on Oct 10, The Washington Post reported that Trump had recently spoken with Matthew about replacing Sessions as attorney general.
Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information. "Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation". "The acting attorney general is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice", said department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores. And while Sessions' departure could jeopardize the Mueller investigation, the news also has cannabis advocates celebrating like the Ewoks after the destruction of the Death Star.
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Last year, Whitaker wrote an op-ed for CNN that accused Mueller's investigation of going too far. They also argued that Mr Sessions should be allowed a graceful exit after he doggedly carried out Trump's agenda on illegal immigration and other administration priorities.
Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Trump denied he would shut down Mr Mueller's team, but still labelled the investigation an illegal "witch hunt" that had spent "millions" of dollars.
His loyalty went unrewarded - Mr Trump reportedly left it to his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to tell Mr Sessions the President wanted him to step down.More news: Avicii Wins MTV EMA for Best Swedish Act