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Jeff Sessions has resigned as attorney general

Posted at 2:03 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 15:04:14-05

Jeff Sessions, the president’s earliest and most fervent supporter in Congress, stepped down as attorney general Wednesday after brutal criticism from the president, bringing an abrupt end to his controversial tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

President Donald Trump made the announcement after his Wednesday morning press conference at the White House. He said that Session was out of his job and that Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, would serve as his acting replacement.

Sessions, 71, lasted almost two years in the job. But in that brief period, the former Alabama senator managed to usher in a new era at the Justice Department.

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