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Matthew Whitaker leaves Department of Justice

Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker no longer works at the Department of Justice.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said Monday Whitaker left his position on Saturday. Last month, William Barr was sworn in as attorney general, and Whitaker moved on to a new role as a senior counselor. Before becoming acting attorney general, Whitaker served as chief of staff to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

It's unclear what's next for Whitaker, but people close to him told NBC News he will stay in Washington, D.C., because there are "many opportunities here."