Trump forces out Jeff Sessions in midterm election fallout

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Some analysts believe he was emboldened by the increase in Republican majority in the Senate, of which Sessions is a former member and counted friends there to save his job.

Sessions told the president in a one-page letter that he was submitting his resignation "at your request".

About 200 people gathered at Burnett Park in downtown Fort Worth Thursday evening to protest the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and to demand the Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign be protected.

During a 2014 primary debate for the Republican US Senate nomination from Iowa, Whitaker sympathized with patients who benefit from marijuana ingredient cannabidiol (CBD). "Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation", Nancy Pelosi tweeted, citing Whitaker's "records of threats to undermine & weaken the Russian Federation investigation". The Justice Department did not announce a departure for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller more than a year and a half ago and has closely overseen his work since then.

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.

Trump Jr. could join his father's former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and others who've been indicted or pleaded guilty to charges stemming from Mueller's probe.

Justice Department rules on special counsels set boundaries on how Mueller could be removed.

Stefan Holt also reports on President Trump's tense post-midterm press conference where he targeted CNN's Jim Acosta; results in the gubernatorial election in CT; and an odd request in the trial for Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

He is a longtime friend of Trump and endorsed him after dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign.

"As the attorney general has repeatedly said, she has not yet made a decision as to what she will do next", Bondi spokesman Whitney Ray said in an email to CNN. Previously he was a conservative legal commentator who was critical of the scope of Mueller's probe.

"I could fire everybody right now", Trump said.

The deteriorating relationship became a soap opera stalemate for the administration.

He said that in the Old Dominion, Democrats and some Republicans agreed that Trump appears "untethered" - appearing to allude to why Sen.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Mark Warner said Thursday on "Your World" that with President Trump's appointment of former Iowa federal prosecutor Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, the probability of the Mueller probe being tampered with will increase.

Sessions, 71, has a long political history in Alabama.

Lamar Alexander, Republican senator for Tennessee, also issued a warning from the Republican side, saying that the Senate will not confirm a successor to Sessions who would stop the Russian Federation investigation.

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

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