Jeff Sessions is out, but the jokes are in

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

"Dear Mr. President, at your request I am submitting my resignation", Mr. Sessions said in his letter.

71-year-old Mr Sessions was one of the first members of Congress to back Mr Trump's presidential campaign in 2015.

The businessman-turned-politician has repeatedly criticised Mr Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election that saw Mr Trump elected to the White House.

Mr Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker has been appointed acting attorney general, the president announced via Twitter.

As Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein has been the authority over Mueller's probe, but multiple media outlets are reporting that he has officially been removed from oversight of the investigation.

The ink on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation letter is barely dry, but Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is already being talked about as his potential successor. "The acting attorney general is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice", said department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.

"It would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation".

Mr Rosenstein also has faced criticism from Mr Trump. Here's what you should know about Sessions' replacement.

Their relationship wasn't always fractured.

The 71 year-old did so after making conflicting statements about meeting with a Russian diplomat during the campaign.

Later, Schumer tweeted that the new acting AG, Whitaker, should recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Democrats, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, immediately called for Whitaker to recuse himself from the investigation, citing his public comments. Rep. Sessions rejected the entreaty.

Whitaker, who will now oversee the Mueller investigation, wrote an op-ed for CNN.com in August, 2017, arguing the Mueller would be going too far if he were investigating Trump's finances.

"Most importantly, 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", Sessions writes.

But that support began to fade, with Grassley suggesting over the summer that he might have time for a hearing after all.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, who once said there would be "holy hell to pay" if Trump fired Sessions, tweeted out his desire to work with the president to find a successor.

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