Just In: Trump fires Jeff Sessions as US attorney general

Embattled U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the “request” of President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Sessions’s chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will serve as acting attorney general, Trump announced.

Whitaker also will assume oversight of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion by Trump’s campaign in that meddling.

Sessions, 71, lasted about two years in the job. But in that brief period, the former Alabama senator managed to usher in a new era at the Justice Department.

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,” Sessions wrote in his resignation letter. “We have operated with integrity and have lawfully and aggressively advanced the policy agenda of this administration.”

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