U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out of a job.
He is resigning at the request of President Trump, ABC News reported Wednesday afternoon the day after the midterm elections.
In his resignation letter, Sessions wrote: "Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as Attorney General of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country. I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice."
Soon after the news broke, Trump tweeted, “We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well. We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”
This move is not a surprise at all for former Hillary Clinton adviser Mark Penn, who told “Fox & Friends” hours before the resignation announcement that “Trump can now appoint an attorney general who might appoint a second independent counsel, and so subpoenas could fly every direction” if the Democrat-run House of Representatives tries to launch a bevy of investigations against the president in hopes of impeachment.
A new attorney general, he added, could “investigate the investigators.”
Conservative activist Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA believes this is a very smart move on Trump’s part, writing on Twitter, “With Sessions gone now can we: Investigate the Clintons for their crimes, Investigate the tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch, Investigate spying on @realDonaldTrump after 2016 election, Investigate Democrat donors funding ANTIFA. Rule of law matters!”
“Well that took seven seconds flat. I don't blame him,” wrote conservative commentator Ben Shapiro before adding, “Sessions did an honest job despite attempts on every side to castigate him for that honesty.”
The Washington Examiner pointed out that Trump has been very critical of Sessions because he “never took control of the Justice Department.” He blamed Sessions for the creation of Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation.
Earlier on Wednesday, Trump says he would love to work with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats but is ready for a fight if they want to waste two years investigating him. A new attorney general could be a huge boon in that battle, and with Republicans gaining more seats in the Senate, it’ll be much easier for the president to get his upcoming nominee approved.