Protests take place after President Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Protests take place after President Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Schumer, in a separate press conference with reporters, warned that attempts by Sessions's successor or Trump to interfere with the investigation would spark a "constitutional crisis".

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. So far that has been the job of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller.

While Whitaker has not stated he believes this is the most prudent or effective outcome of the Russian Federation probe, the legal group Law Works first flagged the 2017 comments in mid-October of this year, when it was announced that Whitaker was tapped to become Sessions' Chief of Staff. Mueller's team also has been pressing for an interview with Trump.

Less than 24 hours after the polls closed around the country, before results from Tuesday's elections were certified, Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted his resignation.

In addition to Mueller's subpoena of the Trump Organisation, an umbrella company that encompasses Trump's business ventures, federal prosecutors in Manhattan indicted the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for campaign finance fraud related to payments made on behalf of Trump.

Peskov says Sessions' departure isn't something for the Kremlin to weigh in on.

Democrat congressman Jerry Nadler, who is poised to become the leader of the House judiciary committee, said in a sharply-worded statement that Mr Sessions' firing "fit a clear pattern of interference" from the President in the Mueller investigation.

He wrote past year on that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should limit the scope of Mueller's investigation to stop him from delving into Trump's finances. Rosenstein had the role of supervising the probe because of Sessions' recusal.

The Washington Post reported that according to people close to him, Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself from overseeing the probe being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been overseeing the Mueller investigation since Sessions recused himself from the investigation previous year due of his involvement in Trump's campaign.

Donald Trump with Mr Sessions in December past year. "Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the president".

Can Whitaker be forced to recuse himself?

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.