The letter revealed that President Trump asked him to step down, and it is common knowledge that Trump blamed Sessions for the out-of-control Robert Mueller probe.
Matt Whitaker, who is Sessions’ chief of staff, will become acting attorney general, and he has a message for both Mueller and Rosenstein.
Sessions was the first Senator to endorse Donald Trump for president.
Trump has criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the Justice Department’s Mueller probe, and basically giving the authority to Rod Rosenstein, who was waist-deep in the shady actions of the former administration.
Whitaker will take control of the probe’s oversight, ousting Rosenstein, and his opinions about the overreach and suspected set-up are well known.
The new acting attorney general doesn’t think much of Robert Mueller’s alleged look into President Trump’s finances.
“It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else. That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel,” Whitaker previously wrote.
Not limiting the probe, Whitaker argued, would lead to a fishing expedition… and it appears he’s absolutely right.
Sessions wrote in his resignation:
“In my time as Attorney General we have restored and upheld the rule of law — a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard. We have operated with integrity and have lawfully and aggressively advanced the policy agenda of this administration.
“I have been honored to serve as Attorney General and have worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the Presidency.”
He added, that under his tenure, the Justice Department “took on transnational gangs that are bringing violence and death across our borders and protected national security… restored immigration enforcement…. targeted the opioid epidemic by prosecuting doctors, pharmacists, and anyone else who contributes to this crisis with new law enforcement tools and determination.”
A number of conservatives who are sick and tired of the Mueller probe are happy to see the change. What it will mean for that career government official is anyone’s guess at this point.