Jeff Sessions resigned from his role as U.S. attorney general in a letter sent to the White House on Wednesday. President Trump announced on Twitter that Sessions’s chief of staff, Matthew G. Whitaker, will serve as acting attorney general until a replacement is confirmed.
….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
The change comes off the heels of the midterm elections, during which Republicans were able to hold onto a majority in the Senate, ensuring a likely smooth confirmation for Sessions’s replacement.
Trump had repeatedly expressed disappointment in Sessions’s tenure in office and was particularly frustrated at the former Alabama senator’s decision to recuse himself from the ongoing probe into whether or not Russian officials colluded with the Trump campaign to steal the 2016 electoral victory from Hillary Clinton.