Published: Wed, November 07, 2018

Who is Matthew Whitaker, the new acting attorney general?

Who is Matthew Whitaker, the new acting attorney general?

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, who once said there would be "holy hell to pay" if Trump fired Sessions, tweeted out his desire to work with the president to find a successor.

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday afternoon that Jeff Sessions is out as Attorney General, with Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker taking his place until a new permanent AG is selected and confirmed.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to remain in charge of the Russian Federation investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller.

Sessions received the request to resign from Kelly, not the President, on Wednesday morning, an administration official said. Sessions' recusal prevented him from stopping the probe, which Trump has attacked as an unfair "witch hunt".

As The Washington Post noted, Whitaker has made public statements expressing skepticism towards the Mueller investigation. "He will serve our Country well".

Attorney General Sessions submitted his resignation at the request of President Trump.


Sessions, 71, was the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump, and in many ways he had been the biggest supporter of the President's policies on immigration, crime and law enforcement.

In August he took to Twitter to declare: "This is a bad situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further".

President Trump has been unhappy with Sessions for almost two years after he recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

The departing attorney general also pointed to efforts to address the opioid epidemic with "new law enforcement tools and determination" and said they had seen results, but did not specify what kind.

Subsequently, it was announced that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would no longer oversee the Mueller investigation. Trump has always been displeased with his decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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