Attorney general Jeff Sessions has just submitted his official resignation, according to early reports from Washington. The resignation comes in response to a request from President Donald Trump, who allegedly made clear that he was going to fire Sessions.

Sessions is Out

According to CNN, Sessions formally submitted his resignation today to White House chief of staff John Kelly. But from the sounds of things, Sessions didn’t do reach this decision all on his own. In fact, CNN reported that Trump “fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”

This seems to be supported in Sessions’ letter, which reads in part: “At your request I am submitting my resignation.”

Sessions’ sudden departure means that there will need to be some shuffling around in the Department of Justice. And at this point, it appears that Sessions’ former chief of staff, Matthew G. Whitaker, will take over as acting attorney general.

So far, Trump has not spoken explicitly to the media about today’s changes. But, not surprisingly, he did take to Twitter.

“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States,”

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