Sessions submitted his resignation to President Donald Trump on November 7.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out on Wednesday in what could potentially trigger consequences as significant as the dissolution of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who frequently had been criticized publicly by President Trump for recusing himself in the Russian Federation probe, submitted his resignation Wednesday.
In an August 2017 op-ed published on the CNN website, the former federal prosecutor argued that Mueller had come "dangerously close" to crossing a "red line" in the investigation by looking at Trump's personal finances and those of his business.
"Any investigation into President Trump's finances or the finances of his family would require Mueller to return to Rod Rosenstein for additional authority under Mueller's appointment as special counsel", he wrote.
Jeff Sessions has resigned as attorney general, it was announced on Wednesday. It is not immediately clear if Whitaker will immediately take control of the investigation.
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Police said that they received a call from a caretaker saying that they had found the boy bleeding from the head and unresponsive. The suspect is now being held in the Chippewa County Jail on four counts of homicide while intoxicated.
Mr. Sessions had previously submitted his resignation a year ago shortly after the spec counsel was appointed, but Mr. Trump refused to accept it.
In late September, the New York Times reported that Whitaker was likely to replace Rosenstein as deputy AG because he's known for having Trump's vote of confidence.
"I don't have an attorney general".
Privately, Trump has derided Sessions as "Mr Magoo", a cartoon character who is elderly, myopic and bumbling, according to people with whom he has spoken.
Mr Trump has at various times belittled Mr Sessions as "beleaguered", "VERY weak", and "DISGRACEFUL".
Whitaker has run twice for elected state office in the past, once unsuccessfully as State Treasurer for Iowa in 2002 and once successfully as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, from 2004 to 2009. Sessions has many Republican friends in the Senate. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asked Sessions for his resignation.