After months of criticism from President Donald Trump, attorney general Jeff Sessions has resigned effective immediately.
"At your request, I am submitting my resignation," Sessions wrote in an undated letter to the president.
“Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as Attorney General of the United States, I came to work at the department of justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country,” Sessions continued in the letter. “I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice.”
“The team we assembled embraced your directive to be a law and order Department of Justice. We prosecuted the largest number of violent offenders and firearm defendants in our country’s history. We took on transnational gangs that are bringing violence and death across our borders and protected national security. We did our part to restore immigration enforcement. We targeted the opioid epidemic by prosecuting doctors, pharmacists, and anyone else who contributes to this crisis with new law enforcement tools and determination. And we have seen results. After two years of rising violent crime and homicides prior to this administration, those trends have reversed–thanks to the hard work of our prosecutors and law enforcement around the country.”
“I am particularly grateful to the fabulous men and women in law enforcement all over the country with whom I have served. I have no greater honor than to serve alongside them. As I have said many times, they have my thanks and I will always have their backs.”
“Most importantly, in my time as Attorney General, we have restored and upheld the rule of law–a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard. We have operated with integrity and have lawfully and aggressively advanced the policy agenda of this administration.”
“I have been honored to serve as Attorney General and have worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the Presidency.”
“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,” tweeted President Trump. “He will serve our Country well....”
“...We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”