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Jeff Sessions quits as US Attorney General after months of criticism from Trump

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 07/11/2018 Tom Powell
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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned as the country's chief law enforcement officer after months of criticism from President Trump.

Mr Sessions announced he would resign at the president's request in a letter to the White House on Wednesday following the midterm elections.

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Donald Trump announced on Twitter that Mr Sessions' chief of staff Matt Whitaker would become the new acting attorney general.

He said: "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!"

In September, President Trump said he does not "have an attorney general" in a fierce attack on Mr Sessions.

He criticised Mr Sessions after he stepped aside from the inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and for his stance on immigration.

Mr Trump's outspoken stance on Mr Sessions earned the president accusations that he was trying to interfere in the legal system of the United States.

In August Mr Sessions said: "While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations."

President Trump had raised the prospect of firing Mr Sessions as far back as September.

Asked whether he would consider firing Mr Sessions in an interview with political website Hill.TV, the president said: "We'll see what happens. A lot of people have asked me to do that."

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