Attorney General Jeff Sessions submits resignation in letter to President Donald Trump

FILE - In this July 13, 2018 photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday as the countryás chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

Sessions announced his resignation in a letter to President Donald Trump. He said the resignation came at âyour request.ã

Trump announced in a separate tweet that he was naming Sessionsá chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, a former United States attorney from Iowa, as acting attorney general.

The resignation was the culmination of a toxic relationship that frayed just weeks into the attorney generalás tumultuous tenure, when he stepped aside from the investigation into potential coordination between the presidentás campaign and Russia.

Trump blamed the decision for opening the door to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the Russia investigation and began examining whether Trumpás hectoring of Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct justice and stymie the probe.


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