Jeff Sessions Submits His Resignation

He’s out as attorney general at White House’s request
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2018 2:00 PM CST
Updated Nov 7, 2018 3:54 PM CST

(NEWSER) – Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general, report CNN and the AP. White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly asked him to resign Wednesday, and Sessions’ resignation letter was subsequently delivered to the White House. The speed of the move, coming so soon after polls closed, “suggested how eager Mr. Trump was for Mr. Sessions to depart,” observes the Wall Street Journal. “At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in a letter addressed to the president, which you can read here. “Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as Attorney General of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country. I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice.” More:

  • “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,” Trump announced on Twitteradding, “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”
  • USA Today asks and answers the question, “Who Is Matthew Whitaker?” describing him as “a former football player in Iowa who rose there to become a federal prosecutor” and Sessions’ chief of staff since October 2017. He wrote a CNN column in August of that year on the Mueller investigation that’s now getting fresh scrutiny. In it, he wrote, “The President is absolutely correct. Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing.”