Jeff Sessions Is Forced Out as Attorney General as Trump Installs Loyalist
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, ending a partnership that soured almost from the start of the administration and degenerated into one of the most acrimonious public standoffs between a commander in chief and a senior Cabinet member in modern U.S. history.
Sessions’ resignation, made at the president’s request, was being delivered to John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff. It came just a day after midterm elections in which Democrats captured control of the House, but Republican success in holding onto the Senate and building their slim majority may make it easier for the president to confirm a successor.
“Dear Mr. President, at your request I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions said in his letter.
Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, will take over as acting attorney general, Trump said in a tweet announcing the shake-up.
特朗普在宣布这一人员变动的推文中表示，塞申斯的办公室主任马修·惠特克(Matthew Whitaker)将担任代理司法部长。 纽约时报中英文网 http://www.qqenglish.com
“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” he wrote. “A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”
His resignation came barely an hour after a news conference in which Trump was asked whether Sessions and Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, still had job security. He dodged the question. “I’d rather answer that at a little bit different time,” the president said.
塞申斯辞职不到一小时前，在新闻发布会上，特朗普被问及塞申斯和副司法部长罗德·J·罗森斯坦(Rod J. Rosenstein)的工作是否还能保住。他回避了这个问题。 “我宁愿在另一个时间回答这个问题，”总统说。
Trump has regularly attacked the Justice Department and Sessions, blaming the attorney general for the specter of the special counsel investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Trump has said for months that he wished to replace Sessions, but lawmakers and administration officials believed that firing the attorney general before the midterm elections would have had negative consequences for Republicans in tight races. So it came as little surprise when Sessions’ resigned the day after the midterms were over.<纽约时报中英文网 http://www.qqenglish.com/>
The deputy attorney general, now Rosenstein, would normally be in line to become the acting attorney general, but Trump has complained publicly about Rosenstein, too. Since Sessions is recused from all election-related matters, Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russia.
As attorney general, Sessions made a forceful mark on the Justice Department. He rolled back some of President Barack Obama’s signature policies as he encouraged federal prosecutors to pursue the toughest possible charges and sentences against criminal suspects. He successfully advised Trump to rescind Obama’s program protecting nearly 700,000 young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. He sued California over its sanctuary laws and targeted states that legalized marijuana.