Dustin Steinhoff, News Editor
Nov. 7, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned from his position at the request of President Donald Trump. Sessions was once a close political ally of Trump’s, but relations between the two broke down following Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from control of the 2016 presidential election probe. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has overseen the investigation of Russian interference in the election since Sessions’ recusal.
Trump later tweeted that Matthew Whitaker, who was serving as Sessions’ chief of staff, would replace Sessions on an acting basis. Whitaker’s involvement sparked concerns over the president’s intentions to exert control over Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation. According to The Washington Post, Whitaker has previously stated that replacing Sessions could reduce Mueller’s budget “so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt.”
Two players from the St. Louis Cardinals were finalists in the National League’s Golden Glove awards, with one of the players taking the award home. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina received the ninth Gold Glove award of his Major League Baseball career Nov. 4. Molina had fell short of winning the award in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong and Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez were both finalists for the National League’s award for the second base position. However, the Golden Glove was awarded to D.J. LeMahieu, second baseman for the Colorado Rockies.
Nov. 9, United Kingdom government minister Jo Johnson resigned due to his opposition to Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union. Johnson is following in the footsteps of his brother Boris Johnson, the former UK Foreign Secretary who left his position in July due to his opposition to May’s Brexit plans as well.
The brothers had opposing positions to the Brexit plans in 2016, but have both decided that the UK leaving the EU is not a good idea.
“We are barrelling towards an incoherent Brexit that is going to leave us trapped in a subordinate relationship to the EU, with no say over the rules that will govern huge swathes of our economy,” Jo Johnson said in a video statement.