BREAKING: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Has Resigned

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned. He will be temporarily replaced by Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

President Trump announced that a permanent replacement will be announced at a later date.

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“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…”

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

This is effective immediately.

“At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in a letter to Trump.

Part of the resignation letter states some of the tasks and accomplishments during Sessions’ tenure.

“The team we assembled embraced your directive to be a law and order Department of Justice. We prosecuted the largest number of violent offenders and fireamr defendants in our country’s history. We took on transnational gangs that are bringing violence and death across our borders and protected national security. We did our part to restore immigration enforcement. We targeted the opioid epidemic by prosecuting doctors, pharmacists, and anyone else who contributes to this crisis with new law enforcement tools and determination. And we have seen results. After two years of rising violent crime and homicides prior to this administration, those trends have reversed-thanks to the hard work of our prosecutors and law enforcement around the country.”

After that, Sessions sends his gratitude towards those he served with.

“I am particularly grateful to the fabulous men and women in law enforcement all over this country with whom I have served. I have had no greated honor than to serve alongside them. As I have said many times, they have my thanks and I will always have their backs.”

The following is Jeff Sessions full resignation letter:

As detailed by Fox News, Trump has voiced his concerns with Sessions for quite some time.

For more than a year, Trump has repeatedly lambasted Sessions over his recusal, saying he wouldn’t have installed Sessions as the country’s top law enforcement officer had he known his attorney general would recuse himself from the Russia probe.

In September, Trump said of his strained relationship with Sessions, “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad.”

Shortly after taking office, Sessions removed himself from the Russia investigation in March of 2017, citing his involvement as a high-profile surrogate and adviser to Trump’s campaign.

The investigation into the Russian government’s attempted meddling in the election has hung over the president since he took office. Trump and his aides have denied any collusion with the Russians.

In March 2017, Sessions announced his plans to recuse himself after reports surfaced detailing undisclosed conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign. Sessions has said he was acting in his capacity as a Republican senator from Alabama.

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This was Senator Chuck Schumer’s response: