Well, we knew it was coming.
Courtesy of Rolling Stone:
Less than 24 hours after Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, Attorney General Jeff Sessions became the first casualty of President Trump’s post-election cabinet purge.
Sessions submitted his resignation letter on Wednesday.
“At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote.
Sessions faced repeated scorn and ridicule by Trump for his decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates conspired with Russia. Sessions’ departure could pave the way for a new attorney general who could place new restrictions on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into all things Trump-Russia, or move to shut down that investigation entirely.
Matthew Whitaker, who was Sessions’ chief of staff, will replace him as acting attorney general. Whitaker wrote an op-ed last year that criticized the Mueller investigation for “going too far” and urging Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has and will continue to oversee the probe, to rein it in. “Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing,” Whitaker wrote.
In the Sessions resignation letter, he says that this was at “your request” which means that Trump essentially fired him.
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
Keep in mind that Trump said NOTHING about this during that contentious press conference this morning.
Now with this change, Robert Mueller will no longer report to Rod Rosenstein and instead will receive direction from this Matthew Whitaker guy who is totally loyal to Donald Trump.
I think that this is a clear red flag which indicates that the Mueller investigation is in real jeopardy.
And the new Democratically led Congress can do nothing about it since they will not take charge until January.
This is bad. Very, very bad.
Update: The Jeff Sessions resignation did not have a date.
Jeff Sessions did not date his resignation letter. Unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/uvYB6J4QQV
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) November 7, 2018
This means that it was likely written awhile ago.
They always knew this was the plan.
Update: Okay does this worry anyone else?
Fox News: Rod Rosenstein is on his way to the White House
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) November 7, 2018
Because it is freaking me out.