Attorney General Jeff Sessions submits resignation to Donald Trump

Jeff Sessions
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted his resignation to President Donald Trump on Wednesday, just one day after the midterm elections.

Sessions resigned via a letter hand-delivered to Chief of Staff John Kelly. Sessions said he resigned per the president’s request.

“At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote to the president.

Trump’s reaction

Following news breaking of Sessions’ resignation, Trump took to Twitter to react.

“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well…” Trump tweeted.

“….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date,” Trump added.

For months Trump has indicated his disapproval of Sessions.

Trump fired several barbs at Sessions in August, telling Fox news channel’s “Fox & Friends” saying Sessions “took the job and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.”

Sessions’ history

Sessions, 71, a former US senator and federal prosecutor from Alabama was an early supporter and endorser of Trump, and over the course of the 2016 election became a close and trusted adviser to Trump.