Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially stepped down from his post Wednesday; ending months of speculation surrounding his political future inside the Trump administration.
“Jeff Sessions, once one of President Trump’s most loyal and trusted advisers before infuriating Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation, has resigned as attorney general at the request of the president,” writes Fox News.
“At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in the Wednesday letter to Trump.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
ASYLUM CRACKDOWN: Sessions Moves to ‘BLOCK’ Asylum Seekers from Entering US
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new federal immigration guidelines Monday; cracking down on the level of asylum seekers hoping to enter the United States as a result of “domestic abuse” and “gang violence.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Sessions outlined his decision this week; claiming “private crimes” such as family disputes are not “eligible” for asylum under pre-existing guidelines surrounding immigration.
“Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum,” Sessions wrote. “The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim.”
“Asylum was never meant to alleviate all problems — even all serious problems — that people face every day all over the world,” he added.
Read the full story at the LA Times.
ADAM’S ADMISSION: Schiff ADMITS McCabe’s FIRING ‘May Be Justified’
Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff acknowledged Sunday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to suddenly fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe “may be justified,” seconds before calling the move “tainted.”
Schiff was speaking with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos when he was asked to comment on Sessions’ abrupt removal of the senior FBI official just days before he was due to retire.
“On Andrew McCabe, does the fact that the Inspector General did find that he lacked candor in some of his responses, and that his firing was recommended by career FBI officials. Does that suggest that his firing was or may be justified?” asked Stephanopoulos.
“His firing may be justified, there’s no way for us to know at this point,” admitted Schiff. “Even though it may have been justified, it can also be tainted.”
“I think the President badgering his Attorney General, his urging that he be fired before his pension could vest, and the fact that McCabe and every other Comey associates […] every one of them has been targeted by the administration,” he added.
Watch Schiff’s admission above.