President Trump abruptly announced on Twitter Wednesday that Jeff Sessions is no longer the USA attorney general.
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.
During a press conference at the White House Wednesday, President Trump said he is satisfied with the performance of "most of his Cabinet", but left room for major changes in the coming days and weeks.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump.
An element of Mr Mueller's investigation includes whether Trump or anyone in the campaign tried to obstruct justice.
Matthew Whitaker, left, and Jeff Sessions. He will serve our Country well ...
Sessions explained when he removed himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March 2017 that he didn't want his role as an adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign to create a conflict of interest.
Sessions was an enforcer of much of the Trump administration's hardline approach on immigration and regularly praised the President's tough words on crime.
And as you might imagine, the guy who wrote editorials about the Mueller investigation being improper is the guy the White House is tapping. Unlike Sessions, Whitaker is not recused from any campaign-related issues, as he was not part of the Trump campaign. "It's very sad", Trump said during a scathing interview with Hill.TV in September. That temporary replacement, he then said, could move to choke off Mueller's funding.
Whitaker already has some experience under his belt: he previously served as USA attorney in Des Moines, Iowa.
Trump also had repeatedly threatened or demanded Sessions's ouster behind closed doors, only to be convinced by aides that removing him could provoke a political crisis within the Republican Party, where many conservatives stayed loyal to the former senator.