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Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions

November 7, 2018 3:11 pm

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump announced in a tweet that Mr Sessions would be temporarily replaced by his own chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker.

The president has repeatedly criticised Mr Sessions, a former Republican senator and early supporter of Mr Trump’s longshot candidacy.

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“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Mr Trump wrote on Wednesday.

….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.

In a resignation letter, Mr Sessions made clear the decision was not his own.

“Dear Mr President, at your request I am submitting my resignation,” he wrote.

“Most importantly as my time as attorney general, we have restored and upheld the rule of law,” Mr Sessions added, while thanking the Republican president.

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