US attorney general, Jeff Sessions has resigned following a request by President Donald Trump.
In his resignation letter to President Trump, Sessions wrote, “at your request, I am submitting my resignation”. He also said:
“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”.
In a tweet after Sessions resignation was announced, President Trump tweeted, naming a temporary replacement of Sessions.
“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….
“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date”.
Sessions, a former senator representing Alabama, was an early Trump supporter. However their relationship soured shortly after he took office as attorney-general in 2017.
His trouble with President Trump started after he had recused himself from oversight of the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.