Trump Ousts Attorney General Sessions

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The U.S. president forced out the country's top law enforcement officer Wednesday, a possible prelude to derailing the special counsel's investigation of Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a letter, said he was complying with a request by the president for him to depart as the head of the Department of Justice."At your request, I am submitting my resignation," Sessions said in the letter, noting that he had "worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the presidency."Trump, in a pair of tweets Wednesday afternoon, announced that Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will become acting attorney general.The president thanked Sessions for his service and said, "a permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date." Trump had repeatedly expressed anger and disappointment with Sessions since he had recused himself from overseeing the special counsel's investigation into alleged ties between Russia and the president's 2016 election campaign.It remains to be seen whether Whitaker will be compelled to recuse himself from oversight of Robert Mueller’s investigation as he is on record supporting Trump’s stance of the unfairness of the probe.

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