Recode Daily: Trump’s first post-midterms move: Dump Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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In his first post-midterms move, President Donald Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and said in a tweet that Matthew Whitaker, who served as Sessions’s chief of staff, will replace him as acting attorney general. In that capacity, Whitaker assumes control of the Russia investigation, raising questions about the future of the inquiry led by the special counsel, Robert Mueller. Whitaker, a Trump loyalist, has previously questioned the scope of the investigation; last year, he wrote that Mueller would be going too far if he examined the Trump family’s finances. Shares of major marijuana companies spiked on the news of Sessions’s ouster. [Peter Baker and Katie Benner / The New York Times]

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