11/7/2018, 8:45 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Trump says Attorney General Jeff Sessions steps down

United States President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday on Twitter that the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be stepping down as the head of the Department of Justice. Sessions' Chief of Staff Matthew G. Whitaker will take over as the acting attorney general until a permanent replacement is announced, Trump added. Meanwhile, Sessions said that he is resigning at Trump's request.

"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. We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date," Trump tweeted.

Despite being one of the earliest and strongest supporters of Trump's 2016 presidential run, Sessions was frequently criticized by the president over his decision to recuse himself from the Special Counsel investigation into the alleged Russian election meddling. In July 2017, Trump for the first time claimed that he would never have appointed the former GOP Senator from Alabama if he knew that the attorney general would recuse himself, and was reportedly considering firing him. Trump's attacks on Sessions carried on into the second year of his presidency, most recently last month when he said that he will "see what happens come midterms" regarding Sessions' fate.

Breaking the News / FH