Jeff Sessions Resigns As Attorney General at White House Request

Courthouse News Service

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday as the country’s chief law enforcement officer, saying in his resignation letter to President Donald Trump that he was doing so at “your request.”

“I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country,” Sessions wrote. “I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice.” Trump announced in a separate tweet that he was naming Sessions’ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, a former United States attorney from Iowa, as acting attorney general.

Trevor Potter, president of the Campaign Legal Center, said in a statement that Session’s forced resignation “is a dangerous and authoritarian step” that and “threatens the rule of law.”

“The President is seeking to control or influence an investigation into activities of his presidential campaign and some of its top officials – a number of whom have already been charged and convicted of criminal activities,” he continued.

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