Chris Christie Being Considered To Replace Jeff Sessions As Attorney General

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The Democrats said they also want the Justice Department to protect the integrity of Mueller's investigation and to preserve relevant documents. He had frequently publicly castigated Sessions for recusing himself a year ago from the case.

Sessions, in a resignation letter to Trump, wrote that he was stepping down at "your request", accepting a fait accompli he'd long sought to avert despite Trump's repeated public humiliations of the attorney general over his recusal from oversight of the Russian Federation probe. They also questioned whether the removal of the top USA law enforcement officer was an attempt to undermine or end the investigation.

Jeff Sessions resigned as the United State's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.

A spokesman for Mueller's office declined to comment on Sessions' departure.

"Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing", Whitaker wrote in an op-ed past year before he came to work for the government.

Trump has made clear that he believes he has the power to fire Mueller altogether, through the leadership of the Justice Department or outside it. That includes implying he had inside knowledge in separate email exchanges with a Breitbart editor and Steve Bannon, the then-Trump campaign chairman, just days before WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Two sources familiar with the matter tell CBS News White House Correspondent Major Garrett that outgoing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, former New York City Mayor and President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and former Attorney General William Barr, who served under President George H.W. Bush, are also on the list, which is expected to grow. He did not mention that White House chief of staff John Kelly had called Sessions beforehand to ask for his resignation. "By forcing the firing (of) the attorney general, the president now threatens the rule of law itself".

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"It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel", he wrote. He also fired one of the president's primary antagonists, former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe, just before he was to have retired - a move Trump hailed as a "great day for democracy".

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.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins also voiced concern about the move, tweeting on Wednesday that "Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference - regardless of who is AG".

Sessions has long faced criticism from Trump for recusing himself from Mueller's investigation of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

That duty has belonged to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and closely monitors his work.

Now Whitaker is in charge of the Justice Department and Rosenstein reports to him, putting Whitaker in a position to constrain the special counsel if he wishes or if he's directed to do so by the president.

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