President Donald Trump announced Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving his administration after holding a press conference with reporters at the White House Wednesday afternoon.
“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Sessions submitted his resignation to the president which he accepted. Trump said that Matthew G. Whitaker, the Chief of Staff for Sessions, would serve as Acting Attorney General in his place.
“A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date,” he said.
A copy of Sessions’ resignation letter said the move was “at your [Trump’s] request.”
— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2018
Sessions was long rumored to leave the administration as attorney general after the midterm elections and the president moved quickly to replace him.
….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