Read Jeff Sessions's resignation letter

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Avenatti denies domestic violence allegations: 'I have never struck a woman' Trump names handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa MORE on Wednesday announced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsCongress is going to make marijuana moves Trump throws support behind criminal justice bill Bill to protect Mueller blocked in Senate MORE, a development that is likely to spark a firestorm of criticism following the midterm elections.

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Sessions over his recusal from the investigation into Russia's election meddling and other alleged failures.

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There was widespread speculation the president would move to fire him after the midterms.

Sessions said he submitted his resignation at Trump's request, adding that he has had no greater honor than serving alongside the nation's law enforcement officials.

Read Sessions's resignation letter below: