Ses­sions is fin­ished

Trump sacks At­tor­ney-Gen­eral, ready for Democrats ‘war’

The Cairns Post - - WORLD -

A FIRED-UP Don­ald Trump has threat­ened a “war­like pos­ture” if Democrats use their new pow­ers to in­ves­ti­gate him as he sacked his much-ma­ligned At­tor­neyGen­eral Jeff Ses­sions.

The forced res­ig­na­tion, in a one-page let­ter to Mr Trump, came a day af­ter Repub­li­cans lost con­trol of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to Democrats in midterm elec­tions and is the first of sev­eral ex­pected Cabi­net and White House de­par­tures.

But the Repub­li­cans main­tained their con­trol of the Se­nate and the Pres­i­dent la­belled the re­sults a “tremen­dous suc­cess” and an “in­cred­i­ble day” for his party.

Though Mr Ses­sions was an early and prom­i­nent cam­paign backer of Mr Trump, his un­dated de­par­ture let­ter lacked ef­fu­sive praise for the Pres­i­dent and made clear the res­ig­na­tion came “at your re­quest”.

Mr Trump sim­ply tweeted: “We thank At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions for his ser­vice, and wish him well!”

The Pres­i­dent had re­peat­edly crit­i­cised his top law of­fi­cial, launch­ing blis­ter­ing and per­sonal at­tacks over the past 12 months.

The pair had been at odds ever since Mr Ses­sions stepped aside from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian med­dling at the last US elec­tion.

His exit has po­ten­tially far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions for spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s probe given that the new act­ing At­tor­ney-Gen­eral, Matthew Whi­taker, has ques­tioned the in­quiry’s scope.

Ear­lier in the day Mr Trump had said he was ready to work with Democrats af­ter his foes took con­trol of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

But the Pres­i­dent in­sisted he would adopt a “war­like pos­ture” if Democrats use their new-won pow­ers to in­ves­ti­gate him.

“If that hap­pens, then we’re go­ing to do the same thing, and govern­ment comes to a halt,” Mr Trump said.

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