US Attorney General Sessions Out, What Will Trump Do About Mueller

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The full text of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation letter to Donald Trump - in which he reveals the president asked him to step down from his role (Picture: Jeff Sessions/Justice Department) Donald Trump pictured with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions last December.

Mr Trump had repeatedly assailed him publicly for not taking a tougher approach to illegal immigrants, and accused him of protecting Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians - an investigation that is also examining whether the president himself obstructed justice.

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After enjoying Sessions' early support on the campaign trail, Trump turned against his AG in March 2017 after he recused himself from a probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Whitaker said in a May 2017 statement: "I believed there was a strong case to bring against [Clinton] and she should be extremely grateful that has not happened".

"It should end because it is very bad for our country ... and they should look at the other side also", he told reporters.

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In the past Mr Whitaker has called for limits to be put on the Mueller investigation saying any investigation into Mr Trump's finances is going too far.

It was Clovis, no stranger to TV and radio himself, who encouraged Whitaker to get a regular commentary gig on cable television to get President Donald Trump's attention, according to friends who Whitaker told at the time.

Sessions resigned his position as attorney general in a letter to the President, writing, "At your request, I am submitting my resignation".

The firing of the attorney general is no shock - but nobody expected it to come quite so soon after the midterms.

As Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein has been the authority over Mueller's probe, but multiple media outlets are reporting that he has officially been removed from oversight of the investigation. Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing.

"I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans".

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