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Trump sacks US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US sacked US on Wednesday after berating him publicly for several months for his decision to recuse himself from oversight of an inquiry to probe Russia's interference in the 2016

An acting and Republican loyalist was appointed as Sessions's temporary replacement.

Observers opine that Trump's move will have potential implication on Robert Mueller's probe as Whitaker has been overtly critical of the Mueller's team to investigate beyond allegations Trump's campaign colluded with in 2016 and other ties between the President, his family and aides, and Kremlin-- an investigation the calls a "witch hunt".

For the past several months, Trump has been expressing his displeasure at Sessions's functioning in public meetings and

In a tweet on Wednesday Trump said, "We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, to at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the He will serve our Country well (sic)."

"We thank Attorney General for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date," he tweeted.

Trump's tweet came less than an hour after his marathon press conference at the where he told reporters that he will making announcements about changes in his Cabinet and senior and Administrative positions in a week.

In a one-page resignation to Trump, Sessions made it clear that the resignation came "at your request".

"Since the day I was honoured to be sworn in as attorney general of the United States, I came to work at the every day determined to do my duty and serve my country," Sessions wrote.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 09:20 IST