US Attorney General Jeff Sessions forced out

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

At the request of President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has submitted his resignation.

CGTN’s Sean Callebs reports.

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that Sessions’ chief of staff Matt Whitaker would become the new acting attorney general, until a new attorney general can be confirmed by the Senate.

Whitaker has been a vocal opponent of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. As acting Attorney General, he now has authority to fire Special Counsel Mueller, or reduce the scope and funding of the probe moving forward.

Soon after Russia investigation was announced in early 2017, Sessions recused himself from his oversight role at DOJ because of his significant role supporting Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

CGTN’s Nathan King reported when the news broke. .

As the Russia investigation began gathering momentum, Trump began publicly berating Sessions in the media and on Twitter for allowing the probe to move forward, while not being more aggressive against Trump’s former presidential opponent.

Mueller has since begun examining whether Trump’s attacks on Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct justice.

Jeff Sessions resignation letter

Jeff Sessions Resignation Letter

This story includes some reporting from the Associated Press