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Attorney General Jeff Sessions submits resignation in letter to President Donald Trump

(IMAGE: WPMI) Attorney General Jeff Sessions submits resignation in letter to President Donald Trump

Mobile native and now former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday submitting this letter to President Trump at his request:

Locally Sessions' resignation is already shaking up the political scene. News of the resignation is getting reaction everywhere.

There could be a snowball effect with the resignation especially after Republican Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne has expressed interest in running for the U.S. Senate in 2020.

Byrne who just won re-election to the House last night is saying he and Sessions are very good friends and if Sessions decides to run for the same senate seat in 2020, which is only speculation right now. He'll deal with that if it happens.

"It doesn’t affect what I’m doing going around the state talking to people about whether we should run in 2020. Attorney General Sessions and I have known each other for over 40 years so at some point I assume he and I will have discussion, but I’m going to continue on with my efforts," said Byrne.

If Sessions decides to run for his old senate seat he will likely regain his seniority in the Senate.

Local political analyst Quin Hilyer says the snowball effect could reach as far as South Carolina. "You definitely have to put up with a president who has quite a temper. You've got to have a thick skin, now. Jeff Session had a thick skin but it didn’t help him. I would not be surprised to see Lindsey Graham of South Carolina become the new attorney general and for the republican governor of South Carolina to turn around and appoint Nikki Hailey to Lindsey Graham's seat," said Hilyer.

Byrne says the President gets to pick whoever he wants to be in his cabinet and he says he will honor that decision.


Alabama Governor Kay Ivey:

Jeff Sessions is a great American and a great Alabamian. H e has served Alabama and the U.S. with honor and dignity over his more than three decades of public service. i wish him well as he moves into a new chapter in his career.


Sen. Doug Jones:

For nearly two years, the President has done a disservice to the American people by leveling unfair attacks against our law enforcement agencies. He has also diminished the importance of the legitimate investigation of Russian election interference by labeling it a ‘witch hunt.’ Now, with the firing of Attorney General Sessions today, I am concerned that he will use this opportunity to exert control over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation. It is even more vital now that Congress takes action to protect the investigation. I remain deeply concerned about the targeted and well-funded efforts by Russia to undermine our democracy and influence our elections, particularly those yet to come.

Representative Bradley Byrne released this statement:

Thank you to my good friend, Jeff Sessions, for over 40 years of noble service to Alabama and our country. Jeff was a respected colleague of mine in the Senate for two decades and represented our nation with honor as the U.S. Attorney General. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Sen. Richard Shelby released this statement:

Thank you to my good friend, Jeff Sessions, for over 40 years of noble service to Alabama and our country. Jeff was a respected colleague of mine in the Senate for two decades and represented our nation with honor as the U.S. Attorney General. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Rep. Terri Sewell statement:

Today’s firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is an alarming reminder of the need for checks and balances. Here in Congress, we have a responsibility to protect special counsel Robert Mueller and the investigation into Russia’s interference in our democracy.
Our elections were attacked, and the American people deserve all of the facts on what happened. If Jeff Sessions was fired as a first step towards interfering in the Mueller investigation, then President Trump must be held accountable.



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