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November 7, 2018

Jeff Sessions is no longer Attorney General of the United States

In a development that bodes well for federal criminal justice reform and marijuana reform, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has submitted his resignation in letter to President Donald Trump. Prez Trump has two tweets in response:

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....

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

UPDATE: This Fox News piece includes the former Attorney General's resignation letter and details about how this came to pass:

Sources told Fox News that Trump did not call Sessions, but rather White House Chief of Staff John Kelly informed him of the president’s request for him to resign.  Sessions is expected to leave the Justice Department by the end of the day and Whitaker is expected to be sworn in Wednesday.

In his resignation letter, Sessions said was “honored to serve” as attorney general and said his Justice Department “restored and upheld the rule of law -- a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard.”

November 7, 2018 at 02:50 PM | Permalink


I suspect it had nothing to do with marijuana reform at all. Let's wait to see the replacement before that conclusion gets reached.

Posted by: Erik M | Nov 7, 2018 3:38:33 PM

I share your sense, Erik, that this had "nothing to do with marijuana reform at all." But Sessions was one of perhaps many impediments to any federal marijuana reform going anywhere. With Sessions out, there is at least a chance the next permanent AG is more open to various possible reforms.

Posted by: Doug B. | Nov 7, 2018 4:29:11 PM

see...and here I was thinking they would at least let the dust settle on the election before firing him. Still, I win the pool because I seemed to be the only one playing it.

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