Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out as the top official at the Justice Department, a development that is likely to spark a firestorm of criticism following the midterm elections.
The decision punctuates months of criticism by President Trump of his top law enforcement officer over his recusal from the ongoing Russia investigation. And it confirms widespread speculation that Trump would move to fire Sessions sometime after the midterms.
Over the last year, Sessions became a frequent punching back for Trump as he fumes over special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between his campaign and Moscow. Trump has repeatedly lashed out at his attorney general over his recusal from the investigation and other alleged failures.
The strained relationship appeared to reach a pivotal point in August when 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.