From the beginning of his stint in President Trump’s cabinet, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been in hot water. From his odd confirmation hearing that revealed undisclosed conversations with Russians to his recusing himself from the investigation into election tampering, the former Senator’s early days at the White House were tumultuous.
It only got worse from there, culminating in his resignation today.
The resignation indicates it was at the President’s request, which is to say he was fired.
His resignation letter is mostly generic with some praise for his team to point out their accomplishments during his short stint.
“This team we assembled embraced your directive to be a law and order Department of Justice. We prosecuted the largest number of violent offenders and firearm defendants in our country’s history. We took on transnational gangs that are bringing violence and death across the borders and protected national security. We did our part to restore immigration enforcement. We targeted the opioid epidemic by prosecuting doctors, pharmacists, and anyone else who contributes to this crisis with new law enforcement tools and determination. And we have seen results. After two years of rising violent crime and homicides prior to this administration, those trends have reversed – thanks to the hard work of our prosecutors and law enforcement around the country.”
President Trump has been hinting at firing Sessions for over a year. The appointment of Robert Mueller to investigate Russian election meddling was the first major blow to Sessions in the President’s eyes who said had he known Sessions was going to recuse himself, he never would have put him in the role.
Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew G. Whitaker, will be interim Attorney General.
Sessions’ brand of old school politics made it practically impossible to fit in with President Trump. He was the most orthodox cog in an unorthodox administration. He thought recusing himself was necessary, but the President saw it as a betrayal.