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President Trump has named Matthew Whitaker as the new acting attorney general, following the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions.


In a tweet Wednesday, the president declared Whitaker — Sessions chief of staff — as the interim attorney general. He said Whitaker will serve the country well and thanked Sessions for his service.

The president added, a permanent replacement will be named at a later date.

This comes after the president hinted at getting rid of Sessions after the midterms for his performance as head of the Justice Department.


FILE – In this June 30, 2010 file photo, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., then-the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking member is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington during a break in the committee’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Nov. 7, 2018. as the country’s chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)


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