Friday 16 November 2018

Sessions fired as attorney general over Russia probe

  

Outgoing US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP
Outgoing US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP

Sarah N Lynch in Washington

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fired yesterday after unrelenting criticism from President Donald Trump over his recusal from an investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential race.

Mr Sessions's departure was widely expected to come soon after Tuesday's congressional elections in which Republicans retained their majority in the Senate but lost control of the House of Representatives.

Never in modern history has a president attacked a cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public as Mr Trump did Mr Sessions (71), who had been one of the first members of Congress to back his presidential campaign in 2015.

Mr Trump announced Mr Sessions's departure on Twitter. Mr Sessions said in a letter to Mr Trump he resigned at the president's request.

Mr Sessions's chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will be acting attorney general, Mr Trump said on Twitter.

Mr Sessions departs as the nation's top law enforcement officer while Special Counsel Robert Mueller, operating under the auspices of the Justice Department, pursues a wide-ranging Russia investigation that already has yielded a series of criminal charges against several of Mr Trump's associates and has dogged his presidency.

Irish Independent

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