Trump Regime

Jeff Sessions is Out as Attorney General

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially resigned this afternoon at about 3 pm eastern time, but it certainly appears that he did not resign of his own free will.

Sessions's resignation says he resigned at Trump's requesting; an implication that he was fired.

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as the country’s chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

Sessions told the president in a one-page letter that he was submitting his resignation “at your request.”

Trump announced in a tweet that he was naming Sessions’ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, a former United States attorney from Iowa, as acting attorney general.

It's not completely clear what this really means for special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation, but Matthew Whitaker has been critical of the investigation in the past.

It's possible Whitaker will assert control over the investigation and may even try to limit it, but if he obstructs the investigation in any way you can bet House Democrats on multiple committees will call him to testify under oath when they control oversight.

For his part, Trump held an unhinged press conference this morning where he was visibly upset about Democrats retaking control of the House of Representatives. I believe he's panicking and I believe all he's ultimately doing is giving Democrats more reasons to investigate him.

Even if acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker or the next attorney general fires Mueller, House Democrats would have the power as the majority to rehire Mueller to serve as independent counsel.

  • Badgerite

    I’m very glad for that last paragraph. This election was so important. Checks and balances and the rule of law are more secure tonight that they have been in……..how long has it been? 18 months? Seems longer. Like a lifetime ago.

  • I think part of Trumpster the Dumpsters crankiness is the rumor going around that Mueller will be indicting Don Jr sooner rather than later. Oh please let the rumor be true!!!

  • muselet

    The resignation of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is not a surprise. Anyone who’s been paying attention has been expecting it for a long time.

    What is surprising is the tone of the letter. The first sentence gives the game away:

    At your request, I am submitting my resignation.

    He didn’t jump, he was pushed, and he doesn’t much care who knows it. Sessions makes it even clearer by not bothering to mention Donald Trump again, even obliquely, until the final three paragraphs, after spending almost four paragraphs praising the DOJ and law enforcement personnel generally.

    Trump will not be best pleased.

    Looking forward a bit, even though Matthew Whitaker will be in a position to monkeywrench Robert Mueller’s investigation, he’s going to have to tread carefully to avoid running afoul of House Ds, and that will enrage his boss.

    Trump’s tweetstorm tomorrow from the Lincoln Toilet should be epic.

    –alopecia

    • Sessions could have done us all a favor and forced Trump to fire him. But he’s still a good little Nazi soldier.

  • Georgie

    Whitaker would have to be confirmed for the role of AG is my understanding, so until he or someone is, he really can’t do much about Mueller.

    • No, he isn’t covered under the law that governs vacancies because Sessions resigned instead of being fired. So no confirmation hearing. It would only have been a delay of the inevitable anyway.

      • Georgie

        Do you think trump will try to appoint someone different? He’s pretty stupid.

        • Victor the Crab

          Wouldn’t surprise me the least if he hires Jeanine Pierro as AG. She’d be more than eager to do Drumpf’s bidding.

          • mnpollio

            Oh dear God, NO! It is already difficult enough to avoid that shrieking drunkard harpy without having her plastered all over the political scene as well. Although if the Dems call her to testify before committees, it would be high comedy – but definitely not worth the headache.

            I am hoping a barrage of indictments with some big names will be coming very soon because if Mueller’s investigation gets drawn out much longer, there is a huge chance Trump and company will never allow it to be completed. Even if the House Dems reinstate Mueller as an independent counsel, I still see Trump and the new AG halting the investigation in its tracks.

        • There’s talk today that he’s considering Chris Christie. Now THAT would be a dumb move for a whole host of reasons.

          ETA: Whitaker is a temporary replacement only. A permanent one would need confirmation, I think.

          • Georgie

            Christie. But really what more can we expect from the idiocy that is everything trump.

      • Yet another nail in Session’s coffin of treason.

  • katanahamon

    Flail baby..flail…we are coming for you!