US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned, saying the decision has been reached at the request of US President Donald Trump.
His departure was widely expected to come soon after yesterday’s congressional elections in which Republicans retained their majority in the Senate.
Donald Trump announced the news on Twitter:
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