Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, released the following statement in response to Jeff Sessions' resignation as U.S. Attorney General:

Jeff Sessions' tenure as Attorney General was a disgrace. At every turn, Sessions used his tremendous power not in the impartial service of justice—as was his sworn obligation as the nation's top law enforcement official—but in the service of Donald Trump's racist, bigoted, anti-immigrant agenda, trampling the civil rights and civil liberties of millions in the process. Ironically, Jeff Sessions may have been forced out of his job not due to any of his improper actions as attorney general, but instead because of one thing he did properly: recusing himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential criminal actions designed to influence the 2016 election. Today's announcement only further calls into question whether Trump—a man who almost daily refers to millions of hardworking residents of this country as 'illegal'—is himself an illegal president.