President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general.
….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
MSNBC reported that Sessions handed his resignation letter to Trump at the president’s request — watch that coverage above.
The embattled attorney general has been rumored to be on the outs since the dawn of the Trump administration, when he drew the president’s fury after recusing himself from the Russia investigation. He will be replaced by Matthew C. Whitaker, his chief of staff, who will serve as acting AG.
Whitaker will take over the Mueller investigation, per ABC:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is no longer overseeing special counsel Mueller and the Russia investigation after the firing of Jeff Sessions. That job now falls to acting AG Matthew Whitaker
— Aaron Katersky (@AaronKatersky) November 7, 2018
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny obtained Sessions’ letter of resignation:
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