US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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Attorney Jeff Sessions Resigns As Attorney General

In a letter, Sessions says it comes at President Trump's request

November 07, 2018 - 2:57 pm

WASHINGTON (Newsradio 1020 KDKA/AP) - In a letter to President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said “at your request, I am submitting my resignation.”

The announcement was made from Trump via Twitter.

Trump also announced in the tweet that Session’s Chief of State Matthew Whitaker will take over as acting Attorney General.

In the letter, Sessions tells Trump about the work they did to prosecute “the largest number of violent offenders and firearm defends in our country’s history.”

He goes on to talk about his team’s part in immigration enforcement.

Sessions also thanked Trump for the opportunity to serve as Attorney General.

The resignation was the culmination of a toxic relationship that frayed just weeks into the attorney general's tumultuous tenure, when he stepped aside from the investigation into potential coordination between the president's campaign and Russia.

Trump blamed the decision for opening the door to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the Russia investigation and began examining whether Trump's hectoring of Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct justice and stymie the probe.

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