AP Sources: Hagel resigning as Defense secretary

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Monday, November 24 2014 Nov 24, 2014 Monday, November 24, 2014 7:41:52 AM CST November 24, 2014 in News
By: Julie Pace, The Associate Press White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Administration sources say that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning from President Barack Obama's Cabinet.

Hagel, a former Republican senator, has served as Pentagon chief since early 2013. Obama is expected to announce the resignation Monday.

The official insisted on anonymity because this person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly ahead of Obama's official announcement.

A senior defense official said that Hagel submitted his resignation letter to Obama on Monday morning and the president accepted it. Hagel agreed to remain in office until his successor is confirmed by the Senate, the official said.

The official says that both Habel and Obama "determined that it was time for new leadership in the Pentagon." The official adds that they had been discussing the matter over a period of several weeks.

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