US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has submitted resignation while his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker has been named as the acting attorney general. President Donald Trump tweeted “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. We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”
In his resignation letter to the President, Jeff Sessions said, “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.”
In August President Trump in a Fox News interview faulted Sessions for failing to take control of corruption at the Justice Department and suggested he had only brought him onto the administration because he demonstrated loyalty during the presidential campaign.
Following resignation of Jeff Sessions, there are strong speculations in the Capitol Hill about the resignation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is accused of wasting millions of public dollars behind a dubious investigation headed by Robert Mueller.
The New York Times reported in September that Rosenstein privately discussed secretly recording Trump and recruiting other Cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment to expel President Donald Trump from office.
President Trump has acknowledged in recent days that there would likely be a shuffle in his Cabinet after the midterms, which is normal for such changes to occur after an election.
“Administrations make changes usually after midterms and probably we’ll be right in that category. I think it’s very customary,” Trump told reporters.
He added, “For the most part, I love my Cabinet. We have some really talented people. Look at the deals we’re making on trade. Look at the job we’ve done on so many different things, including foreign affairs. I mean, we’ve done record-setting work. I don’t know that we get the credit for it, but that’s OK.”
There are speculations of the departure of Defence Secretary James Mattis, while it also is speculated, Nikki Haley may get an important post in the reshuffled cabinet.