Jeff Sessions, one of the original members of the Trump cabinet, is on his way out.
In a letter submitted the day after the midterm elections the Attorney General said he would submit a letter of resignation based on Trump’s request he did so.
This shakeup wasn’t out of the blue…
But why did it happen?
The real reason is that Trump didn’t trust Sessions.
When Mueller began investigating Russian meddling Sessions decided he was going to recuse himself so that he wouldn’t be directly involved in the Russian investigation.
Trump saw this is a red flag, and ever since then, he’s been on the fence about Sessions. In some cases, Sessions was the object of his frustration, which was born out in the national spotlight.
The National Review writes: “Sessions became a regular target for Trump’s scorn over the past year, as the president lashed out at him in multiple interviews and on Twitter over his decision to recuse himself from what became Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling.
Sessions’ recusal came after the revelation that he misled the FBI about contacts he had with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the 2016 campaign.”
With that being true Trump was eager to get him out of office so he wouldn’t tarnish Trump’s image and so that justice would actually be carried out.
That was one of Trump’s big concerns. The recusal of Sessions ultimately compromised the Justice Department.
And after 8 years of Obama running a scandal-ridden justice department, Trump wanted a new start.
Like Trump said “He took the job and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said, ‘What kind of a man is this?’” Trump said this year in a Fox News interview. “I wanted to stay uninvolved. But when everybody sees what’s going on in the Justice Department — I always put ‘justice’ now with quotes.”
Now with Sessions gone Matthew Whitaker, who currently serves as chief of staff to Sessions, will become the new AG.
Of course, the Democrats are ready to pounce on Whitaker and want him to recuse himself too.