UPDATED 1:32 PM PT — Wed. Nov. 7, 2018
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.
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. He will serve our Country well….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
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.