Jeff Sessions resigns as Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Nov. 8, 2018: Jeff Sessions resigned yesterday, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, as the U.S. Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice after President Trump asked for his resignation. Trump made the request one day after the 2018 midterm elections that were held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Sessions, 71, announced his plan to resign in a letter submitted to White House officials on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Trump announced in a tweet that Sessions' Chief of Staff, Matt Whitaker, has been appointed as the Acting Attorney General. Sessions was sworn in as the 84th U.S. Attorney General on Feb. 9, 2017, by Vice President Mike Pence. Trump announced his intention to nominate Sessions on Nov. 18, 2016. Before he took office as Attorney General, Sessions was a U.S. Senator for Alabama since 1996. Sessions attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1969. He received his law degree from the University of Alabama in 1973. Sessions was in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1973 to 1986, ultimately attaining the rank of Captain. Sessions previously worked as a practicing attorney in Russellville, Ala,, and then in Mobile. After a two-year tenure as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from 1975 to 1977, Sessions was nominated by formner President Reagan in 1981 and confirmed by the Senate as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, a position he held for twelve years. Sessions was elected as the Alabama Attorney General in 1995, working as the state’s chief legal officer until 1996, when he took office in the U.S. Senate.

Attribution: The Associated Press, CNN, WTOP

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