By Michael Hernandez
WASHINGTON (AA) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday he resigned his post at the request of U.S. President Donald Trump.
The announcement follows Trump's oftentimes public heckling of the country’s top lawyer over the special counsel's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible Trump’s campaign collusion with the effort.
Sessions said in a letter to Trump he has been "honored to serve as Attorney General and have worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the presidency."
Trump thanked Sessions for his service and wished him well in a Twitter post, saying Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff will serve as acting attorney general until a permanent replacement is confirmed by the Senate.