President Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suggesting the embattled official should have intervened in investigations of two GOP congressmen to help Republicans in the midterms.
Sessions, 71, was the first United States 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.More news: Bryce Harper rejected contract offer from Nationals
Mr. Sessions had recused himself from that matter, causing much of the break with Mr. Trump.
"Bob Mueller is totally conflicted", Mr Trump continued but provided no evidence that the team led by Mr Mueller, a Republican appointed by Republicans, is biased against him. Sessions, once among the president's most loyal supporters, drew the president's scorn after his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.
The president's frustrations with his attorney general have at times publicly boiled into what appeared to be anger over many issues related to the Justice Department's Russian Federation election meddling probe.
And as you might imagine, the guy who wrote editorials about the Mueller investigation being improper is the guy the White House is tapping. "I don't have an attorney general". The letter made clear that the "resignation" itself was a mere formality - Sessions was sacked. It is not immediately clear if Whitaker will immediately take control of the investigation.More news: Driver Charged in Death of Actress' Toddler Kills Herself
In August he took to Twitter to declare: "This is a awful situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further".
Trump will now go through the process of looking for his new Attorney General, and that person will have to be confirmed by the Senate. Earlier this year, Mr. Trump said had had "no attorney general".
Sessions usually does not respond to the President's criticism, but he has at times pushed back.
Sessions' ousting will likely tarnish the integrity of the ongoing Mueller investigation in the eyes of many Democrats and Republicans alike, and Whitaker can even technically fire the special counsel if there is "cause."More news: Wide Receiver Dez Bryant Set To Workout For This Team