Sessions has submitted a letter of resignation.
In a follow-up statement, Trump said his administration is "pleased to announce" that Matthew G. Whitaker, who was the chief of staff under Sessions, will become acting attorney general. Now, the person who is now running the Justice Department told CNN... the best way to take care of Mueller is to dry up his funds.
Sessions explained when he removed himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March 2017 that he didn't want his role as an adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign to create a conflict of interest. The piece goes on to cite law enforcement sources who say non-Russia-related leads that "involve Trump associates" are being referred to the special counsel "to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate".
After the special counsel was appointed in May 2017, Trump also channeled his fury toward Sessions, accusing him of "disloyalty."More news: Floyd Mayweather to face kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan
Mr Trump has at various times belittled Mr Sessions as "beleaguered", "VERY weak", and "DISGRACEFUL".
Never in modern history has a president attacked a Cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public as Trump did Sessions, 71, who had been one of the first members of Congress to back his presidential campaign in 2015.
The resignation was the culmination of a toxic relationship that frayed just weeks into the attorney general's tumultuous tenure, when he stepped aside from the Mueller investigation. He will serve our Country well.... He also fired one of the president's primary antagonists, former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe, just before he was to have retired - a move Trump hailed as a "great day for democracy". Democrats worry that firing Sessions is a path to removing special counsel Robert Mueller and trying to end the probe.
There is widespread speculation that Democrats will use the changeover as an opportunity to launch new investigations into Trump, which could include looking more closely into his relationship with Russian Federation.
"It is nearly impossible not to interpret this any other way than to undercut Mueller", he said.
In an op-ed in August past year he publicly urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who oversees the probe - to "limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel".