Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns In Letter To President Trump

November 07, 2018 - 1:50 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (1080 KRLD / AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions has submitted his resignation in a letter to President Donald Trump. He said the resignation came at "your request."

In a tweet, President Trump thanked Sessions for his service and wished him well. Mr. Trump then named Matthew G. Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, a former United States attorney from Iowa, as acting 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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