WASHINGTON – Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement with regard to the resignation of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“Jeff Sessions has always been a strong leader who has served our nation and the state of Alabama well, both in the United States Senate and as the U.S. Attorney General.  He should be commended for prosecuting the largest number of violent offenders and firearm defendants in our nation’s history; taking on violent gangs like MS-13 and restoring immigration enforcement to the United States.  He also has been on the forefront of the charge against our nation’s opioid epidemic, by increasing prosecutions and stopping illegal drugs at the border.  Our nation owes him a debt of gratitude for his service and commitment to the rule of law.

“Fellow Iowan Matt Whitaker is a man of integrity and values.  As Acting Attorney General, Matt Whitaker is a steady hand that will provide good leadership and judgment, and will ensure that the United States Department of Justice upholds the highest standards of the rule of law.”