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A day after the midterm elections, President Donald Trump has asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.
According to The Associated Press, Sessions' letter of resignation was delivered on Wednesday to White House chief of staff John Kelly.
Kelly called Sessions to ask for his resignation on Trump's behalf, a White House source reportedly told CNN.
Trump says Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, who was once a commentator on CNN, will become acting attorney general.
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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
As acting attorney general, Whitaker may take over the supervision of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Below is Sessions’ letter:
Sessions:— erica orden (@eorden) November 7, 2018
"Dear Mr. President,
At your request, I am submitting my resignation." pic.twitter.com/DwRXh5joPF