Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday after more than a year of public criticism from his boss, President Donald Trump.
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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
....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
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Trump's press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House received a resignation letter from Sessions earlier Wednesday and Trump accepted it.
The 71-year-old Sessions departs after the president repeatedly hammered him about his decision last year to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.
Trump says that moment opened the door to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, which the president has repeatedly called a "witch hunt."