He resigned at the request of Donald Trump that announced this Wednesday, November 7 in a tweet the departure of his Justice Minister Jeff Sessions, a dismissal that could lead to consequences on the highly sensitive Russian investigation.
Jeff Sessions, 71, said he has submitted his resignation “at the request” of Donald Trump. He will be temporarily replaced by his own chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker. In his resignation letter, the minister prides himself on having worked to restore “the rule of law, in line with President Trump’s campaign program.
In his pithy tweet, President Trump merely “thanked” him for his services and wished him “good luck”. He had just participated for an hour and a half in a press conference on the consequences of the mid-term elections, during which he did not mention this reshuffle (see video at the end of the article).
“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his services and wish him well!”
Sessions, “delayed” according to Trump
Former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, an ultra-conservative, was one of the first to rally the real estate mogul at the 2016 primaries, giving him legitimacy in a skeptical Republican establishment.
But the tenant of the White House did not support that this faithful recuse himself in March 2017 in the investigation of the Russian meddling in the electoral campaign of 2016, of which a part relates to the suspicions of collusion between Moscow and the candidate Trump’s team.
The Republican billionaire has multiplied since the criticism of Jeff Sessions, accusing him of being “very weak” or “delayed” according to the journalist Bob Woodward. In August, he had asked him to end the Russian investigation, calling it a “faked witch hunt”.
Jeff Sessions did not have the means to do it. In recusing himself, he delegated the supervision of the investigation to the number two of the Rod Rosenstein Department. The latter has also drawn the wrath of Donald Trump by validating certain acts of the investigation led by the special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
It was not immediately clear this Wednesday if he kept this hierarchical control or whether Matthew Whitacker would regain control.