Protests in North Alabama after Jeff Sessions forced to resign

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Congress now has a "hell of a lot" more resources now than it did Monday if the Trump administration and newly named acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker move to end special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, Rep. Eric Swalwell said Thursday.

As part of Whitaker's new role as the head official at the Justice Department, he will oversee the Russian Federation probe and the agency's other federal investigations, including the NY prosecutors' look into the finances of Trump and his former aides.

"The rule of law is disappearing before our eyes", tweeted Sally Yates, a deputy attorney general under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama and briefly in the top job under Trump before he sacked her.

Never in modern history has a president attacked a Cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public as Trump did Sessions, a former U.S. senator from Alabama and one of the first members of Congress to back Trump's presidential campaign in 2015.

One of the exceptions, Senator Susan Collins, said non-interference in the Mueller probe was "imperative". They include his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. In August 2017, he wrote a piece for CNN in which he stated that looking into Mr Trump's personal finances, or those of his family, "goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel".

Tonight, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as the country'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.

"It's unfortunate that we all knew the president was going to try to get rid of Jeff Sessions", Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said.

Newly emboldened Democrats have said any attempt to terminate Mr Mueller's investigation would amount to a constitutional crisis. The president has verbally dismissed the Mueller probe, calling it a "witch-hunt" into his legitimacy in the White House.

"The president's actions have plunged the country into peril", the Democrats added.

Separately, Justice Department prosecutors in NY secured a guilty plea from Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who said the president directed him to arrange hush money payments before the 2016 election to two women who said they had sex with Trump.

Senior party officials have so far shied away from directly proposing the idea but have emphatically condemned the decision to fire Sessions and appoint Whitaker.

Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler, who is in line to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in January, said it is "wholly inappropriate" for Whitaker to take over the Mueller probe and that Rosenstein should continue overseeing it.

In an op-ed in August past year he publicly urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who oversees the probe - to "limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel".

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee who won the Utah race on Tuesday to become a United States senator, also said Mueller's probe should not be affected by Sessions' dismissal. The agency did not announce a departure for Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and has closely overseen his work.

He questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's ability to give Mueller such wide latitude and wanted to explore the bounds of what Mueller was examining, though Rosenstein kept Session's office "walled off" from the matter, this person said.

MoveOn is also heading a petition asking legislatures to protect the investigation, which had reached more than 475,000 signatures as of Thursday evening. He and his Senate counterpart, California Democrat Sen.

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