Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of the White House, according to a letter made public today.
Donald Trump has been expected to fire Sessions because his recusal, from the investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 election, made it impossible for the former Alabama senator to protect the President.
“Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as attorney general of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country,” Sessions wrote. “I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice.”
Trump said he would not have selected Sessions for the job if he knew he would recuse himself: “The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself…I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined…and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion!” Trump said on Twitter in June.
Sessions’ recusal left Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to supervise the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but Rosenstein may not continue in that capacity because Trump designated Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general.
The probe is continuing under the direction of former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
While details of the counter intelligence part of the investigation are unknown, it seems likely that Trump could be in trouble for obstruction of justice and charges of campaign finance violations.
Guilty pleas, convictions and indictments are piling up in the complex case, which Trump has sought to discredit as a witch hunt.
Among those guilty are Trump’s 2016 campaign manager Paul Manafort, his personal attorney Michael Cohen, his national security advisor Mike Flynn, and a campaign foreign affairs adviser George Papadopoulos.
Trump insists that he did nothing wrong but Cohen’s guilty plea directly implicates the President in serious campaign finance violations related to the hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who had unprotected sex with Trump while his third wife was recovering from the birth if his youngest son.
Cohen paid the porn star $130,000 to keep the incident secret in the weeks prior to Trump’s election.
Russia has benefited from the Trump administration policies backing away from America’s leadership in global affairs. Climate change, the NATO defense pact and trade deals have been up-ended since the duplicitous real estate developer became president.
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