McKenzie Schuessler, Staff Writer
One day after the midterm elections, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions handed in his letter of resignation to President Donald Trump. The timing of Sessions’ resignation is not a coincidence.
In the 2016 presidential campaign, then-Senator from Alabama, Sessions was one of the first prominent politicians to endorse Trump’s candidacy. Sessions took a liking to Trump’s harsh and intense ideas on immigration reform. Trump and Sessions’ friendship came to an abrupt end back in March 2017 when Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation into Trump’s campaign. During Sessions’ confirmation process, he denied having any contacts with Russia during the campaign. Without any surprise, the world found out that Sessions did in fact meet with Russian ambassador Sergey Kiskyak twice, while working with Trump on the campaign. It only seemed like a wise idea for Sessions to recuse himself. The White House even seemed to support Sessions on his decision. However, Trump was furious with the recusal. Trump went on to lash out against anyone in his line of fire, even calling the investigation “a witch hunt” on Twitter.
So why is the timing of Sessions’ forced resignation not a coincidence?
Since March, Sessions has been on the receiving end of Trump’s middle-school bullying tactics. In an interview with Hill TV, President Trump publicly shamed Attorney General Sessions. Trump is quoted saying, “I don’t have an Attorney General. It’s very sad.” Trump goes on to say how he is disappointed with much more than just his recusal from the Russia investigation. It was apparent to many around the country that Sessions’ time in the Trump Administration was running out, but why did Trump wait until after the midterm elections? It’s an easy answer. President Trump fears the future of his presidency with Democrats now having control of the House. Trump forcing Sessions to resign after the 2018 midterm elections is him trying to save himself, and replace the attorney general with someone he deems as loyal to him.
Who is now in charge of the Russian Investigation?
In a CNBC article, author Kevin Breuninger quoted, “President Donald Trump’s new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, will oversee special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.” Whitaker has been an outspoken opponent of the Russian Investigation, therefore Trump’s motives are clear— he’s trying to protect himself. Democrats have been calling on Whitaker to recuse himself from the investigation due to his prior bias, but he still stands as saying he will conduct a fair and honest investigation.
What does this mean for the future of the Russian Investigation?
As for the future of the Russian Investigation, many people are concerned about the fairness of a thorough investigation. With Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general heading the inquiry into the Russian collusion, many fear the loss of justice in the realm of American politics. Moving onward, I anticipate many hasty actions taken by the Trump Administration. With the Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives, I hope we can continue to be a check on the corruption that is the Trump Administration.