Jeff Sessions resigns as Attorney General at President Trump’s request

In a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Jeff Sessions resigned his position as Attorney General of the United States on Wednesday, at the request of President Trump.

“I came to work at the Department of Justice everyday determined to do my duty and serve my country I have done so to the best of my ability,” he wrote.

“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,” he added.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Sessions’ departure from the Trump administration comes after more than a year and a half of public beratings from the president, who continually put the blame on him for special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.

When asked earlier about Sessions’ job security at a press conference Wednesday, Trump said he would rather answer the question later.

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One of Trump’s most recent attacks came in an interview with Fox News, when he said Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department.”

Sessions issued a rare statement in rebuke of Trump’s comments on Fox News that said he “took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the president’s agenda.”

Sessions has also come under fire from grassroots conservatives upset with his recusal in all matters relating to the Trump-Russia probe.  Additionally, conservatives do not believe he has done enough to root out “deep state” operatives in the Justice Department.

And that’s just a tiny sampling of tweets posted by those who do not feel Sessions has done enough.

According to the Examiner, it was “widely believed” that Sessions would resign after the midterm elections.  It’s doubtful, however, that anyone thought the resignation would happen so fast.


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