U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at President Donald Trump’s request on Wednesday, ending a tumultuous tenure marked by repeated public humiliations.
The AGF’s ouster came via Twitter post from President Trump, who thanked the former Alabama senator for his service and announced that Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, would take over in an acting capacity.
Sessions endured months of humiliating criticism from the president, who publicly accused his attorney general of disloyalty and weakness, and privately mocked him.
On Aug. 23, for example, Trump complained on Fox News that Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department,” and said he only nominated him as the nation’s top lawman because “he was an original supporter” of Trump’s insurgent campaign. “What kind of man is this?” he asked angrily.
Trump added that a permanent replacement would be nominated “at a later date.”