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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions hands in resignation to Trump

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions hands in resignation to Trump

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions handed in his resignation to President Donald Trump today (7 November), the day after the midterm elections.

‘Dear Mr. President,’ Sessions wrote in his resignation letter. ‘At your request, I am submitting my resignation.’

On Twitter, Trump announced Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Sessions at the Justice Department, will be the new acting Attorney General.

He also thanked Sessions for his service, wished him well, and said a permanent replacement ‘will be nominated at a later date’.

Sessions was one of Trump’s earliest and most fervent supporters. Recently, however, Trump began criticizing him and hurling insults at his performance as Attorney General.

People called for Sessions’ resignation early on when it became known Sessions met with a Russian official during the presidential campaign.

Here is Sessions’ full resignation letter:

Jeff Sessions resignation letter
Sessions’ resignation letter | Photo: Twitter @BuzzFeedNews

He called his job an ‘honor’ and wrote that under his direction, the Justice Department ‘restored and upheld the rule of law’.

Sessions also listed the accomplishments achieved while he was Attorney General. One such perceived accomplishment was taking on ‘transnational gangs… bringing violence and death across our borders’.

He also boasted about restoring immigration enforcement.

Under Sessions, the Trump administration implemented family separation at the border, which consequently resulted in small children being kept in cages.

A record of anti-LGBTI policies

While he was Attorney General, Sessions implemented numerous anti-LGBTI policies.

Early on, Sessions’ Justice Department began waging war on the transgender community. They decided to stop fighting for trans students’ right to use their preferred bathroom and also reversed an Obama-era policy protecting trans people from workplace discrimination.

Most recently, the Justice Department officially ruled businesses can discriminate against trans people.

During his tenure, Sessions used religion multiple times as a way to undermine LGBTI rights.

It is unclear who Trump will choose to replace Sessions.

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