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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns

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Sessions had recused himself from Mueller's investigation, leaving oversight to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Mr Whitaker expressed concerns over the investigation. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., then-the Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking member is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington during a break in the committee's confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Outcry from Democrats. Democrats viewed the move as a clear attempt to crush the Russian Federation election-meddling probe and called for Whitaker to recuse himself as Sessions had done, the BBC reports.

The counselor to the president went on to give credit to Sessions for his work at the Department of Justice, including cracking down on opioid abuse as well as the MS-13 gang.

In April, Pingree co-sponsored House legislation to protect the Mueller investigation by making it more hard for a president to remove a special counsel.

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The new acting attorney general or whoever serves as his fulltime replacement could simply brief Trump and his aides on where the special counsel is focused if the president doesn't know already.

"It is a true honor that the President has confidence in my ability to lead the Department of Justice as Acting Attorney General", Whitaker said in a statement Wednesday evening.

The investigation until now has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller a year ago and granted him fairly broad authority. Whitaker criticized both aspects previous year, and as he is now taking over oversight of the probe, he could try to strangle it, or even rescind Mueller's appointment.

Asked if that would be to dwindle the special counsel's resources, Whitaker responded, "Right".

However, the ACLU had a few other choice departing words for the now former Attorney General.

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Trump's nomination of a permanent replacement for Sessions will require confirmation by the US Senate, which remains in Republican control following Tuesday's midterm elections. But Trump and his aides are concerned about Mueller's next move with the work that is complete, according to a White House official and a Republican with close ties to the administration.

In attacks delivered on Twitter, in person and in interviews, Trump called Sessions weak and beleaguered, complained that he wasn't more aggressively pursuing allegations of corruption against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and called it "disgraceful" that Sessions wasn't more serious in scrutinizing the origins of the Russian Federation investigation for possible law enforcement bias - even though the attorney general did ask the Justice Department's inspector general to look into those claims. He also announced media leak crackdowns, tougher policies against opioids and his Justice Department defended a since-abandoned administration policy that resulted in parents being separated from their children at the border. He recused himself the next day, saying it would be inappropriate to oversee an investigation into a campaign he was part of.

The Democrats, who won the House in the mid-terms, have vowed to protect it.

He also worked on an earlier campaign in Iowa for one of Trump's presidential campaign leaders, Sam Clovis, who has figured in the Russian Federation investigation. Trump's advisers are privately expressing worries that the special counsel, who's been out of the news for the past month, has been stealthily compiling information and could soon issue new indictments or a damning final report.

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