Jeff Sessions, once one of President Trump’s most loyal and trusted advisers before infuriating Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation, has resigned as attorney general at the request of the president. “At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in a Wednesday letter to Trump. The president tweeted that Matthew Whitaker, who currently serves as chief of staff to Sessions, will become the acting attorney general. “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,” he said. Trump added: “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.” Sources told Fox News that Trump did not call Sessions, but rather White House Chief of Staff John Kelly informed him of the president’s request for him to resign. Sessions is expected to leave the Justice Department by the end of the day and Whitaker is expected to take over immediately. In his resignation letter, Sessions said was “honored to serve” as attorney general and said his Justice Department “restored and upheld the rule of law – a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard.” Sessions’ departure from the Justice Department was not unexpected, as the president has signaled changes to his administration after the midterms.
Definitely not unexpected. But, the President wasted no time once the midterm elections were over. Former AG Jeff Sessions (R) is a stand-up, classy southern gentleman who exhibited the highest integrity. AG Sessions was the Attorney General for the state of Alabama, and served in the Senate for 10 years before becoming our nation’s Attorney General. We wish him the very best wherever he lands. To see his letter of resignation and read the rest of this article, click on the text above.