U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns At Trump's Request | Def Pen
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It has been a wild day down here in Washington, D.C. The gubernatorial race in Georgia appears to be headed for a runoff in December. The senate race in Florida appears to be headed for a recount. Across the country, several races are still being decided as we speak. With all of that being said, none of that even comes close to the news that has just broken in the nation’s capital. According to tweets sent out by Donald Trump this afternoon, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned.

This afternoon, Donald Trump tweeted, “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 also added, “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.” While his tweet appeared to be in good spirits, the resignation letter that Jeff Sessions released soon thereafter spoke to a different feeling on the matter.

Sessions opens his letter by stating that he stepped down from his position at the request of Donald Trump. To put it simply, he was fired or pushed out of his position. In his newly released resignation letter, Jeff Sessions states, “I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country.” Sessions also writes, “I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice.”

As stated in Trump’s tweet, Matthew G. Whitaker will step in as U.S. Attorney General until a permanent replacement is determined. Details will unfold as the day goes along.

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