Trump, who has been sparring with Sessions for months, tweeted the news that Sessions’ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will become the nation’s new acting AG.
Others took to social media to share their reactions, including Democrat and Republican leaders coming off an intense midterm election season.
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who will likely serve as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee now that Democrats have reclaimed the House, tweeted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation must continue under Whitaker, and that the independence of the Department of Justice must not be compromised.
Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat representing Minnesota who held onto the seat she’s held since 2006 in yesterday’s election, also tweeted her concerns that the Sessions resignation, just a day after the midterms, makes the special counsel investigation more important than ever.
Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat representing Connecticut, took issue with the language around Sessions’ resignation, noting the embattled AG was fired by his boss and did not leave voluntarily.
Some Republican leaders simply thanked Sessions for his service and leadership. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine who made headlines in September for her expected vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, noted Sessions’ integrity and service. But then in a follow-up tweet posted the same minute, Collins said it was “imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation.”
Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican representing South Carolina, vowed to help President Trump find a worthy successor for Sessions. It’s also worth noting that Graham himself has been rumored to be a possible replacement for Sessions.
And newly elected Utah Senator, Republican Mitt Romney, added that indeed, the Mueller investigation should continue unimpeded.