Protests take place after President Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Could Sessions resignation be an opportunity for Kris Kobach?

Trump blamed Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the investigation in its early stages, leading to the appointment of a special counsel.

Sessions resigned Wednesday - indicating he did so at Trump's request - and the President appointed Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, as the Acting Attorney General.

Sessions' departure leaves uncertainty to the future of the Robert Mueller led investigation into whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation. Trump, who denies any collusion, has long complained about the probe, calling it a witch-hunt. His spokesman said on Thursday that McConnell has no further comment on the legislation.

Ethics officials at the Justice Department are likely to review his past work to see if he has any financial or personal conflicts.

"There are many people in contention for that position just because there are many qualified people who would like to do it", Kellyanne Conway told reporters at the White House on Thursday. As CBS News has reported, chief of staff John Kelly called Sessions shortly before a presidential press conference on Wednesday and asked him to resign. The undated letter was then sent to the White House.

Rosenstein remains at the department and could still be involved in oversight.

Although the probe was launched to investigate any "links/coordination" between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, Mueller is believed to be focusing now on whether Trump obstructed justice through acts including firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey. Mr Trump wrote on Wednesday.

While Whitaker is now Mueller's ultimate supervisor, it was not immediately clear whether that meant Rosenstein would step aside.

"These are occurring as a way of expressing our concern about the actions President Trump took yesterday", said Ron Roe, an organizer. The group also urged people to pressure Congress to protect the Mueller investigation.

If the Mueller team finds he did, his report could lead to impeachment charges being considered by the new Democratic majority in the House.

Can Whitaker be forced to recuse himself?

Nadler and other Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee also sent letters to Whitaker and the top Republican on the committee, retiring Rep.

Even after he arrived at the Justice Department, Whitaker harbored frustration about the length of the special counsel probe and doubts about the scope of Mueller's authority, a person familiar with the matter said.

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

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME criticized Trump for stripping Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of his role overseeing the probe. He had frequently publicly castigated Sessions for recusing himself past year from the case. "Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference-regardless of who is AG".

"We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!"

The broadsides escalated in recent months, with Trump telling an interviewer that Sessions "never had control" of the Justice Department.

One reason Sessions endured months of taunting from Trump is that he believed he was protecting the integrity of the Justice Department and was trying to prevent the president from bringing in someone who would politicize it, according to a USA official who has worked with Sessions and frequently talked with him.

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