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Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, a move that potentially threatens the independence of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the president.

“At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in an undated letter released Wednesday afternoon, hours after Trump declared victory in Tuesday’s midterm elections that saw Republicans increase their majority in the Senate.

Trump announced that Matthew G. Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff and a Mueller critic, would become acting attorney general with a permanent replacement to be nominated “at a later date.” That person must be confirmed by the Senate.

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