‘We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!’
(Paul Chesser, Liberty Headlines) After the conclusion of a sometimes testy press conference assessing the post-election political landscape, President Donald Trump announced the departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions via Twitter, to be replaced on an acting basis by the Justice Department Chief of Staff, Matthew Whitaker:
….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
Asked a number of times during the press conference about pending changes to his administration, the president demurred. But it was clear, after months upon months of criticism of Sessions about the Russia investigation and his recusal from its oversight, that Trump was ready to make a change.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a member of the Judiciary Committee, issued a statement shortly after the announcement:
Attorney General Sessions has selflessly dedicated more than 40 years to serving the people of Alabama and the nation. As our country’s top law enforcement official, he has been integral in fighting the opioid epidemic, keeping violent criminals off our streets, and supporting victims. Those who know him understand his commitment to the rule of law, and his deep and abiding concern for our country.
I’ve had the honor of working closely with Jeff since I came to the Senate, and I’m proud to call him a friend. I wish Jeff and Mary the best of luck in their next chapter, and I hope everyone will join me in honoring his public service to the country.