Washington (CNN) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
"At your request I am submitting my resignation," Sessions wrote in a letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly.
Matthew Whitaker will take over as acting attorney general, the President said.
Trump had repeatedly criticized his top law enforcement official after he recused himself from the Russia investigation dogging the White House.
"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," Trump tweeted.
Sessions received the request to resign from Kelly, not the President, on Wednesday morning, an administration official said.
In a statement, Whitaker said he will lead a "fair" department with high ethical standards.