Chris Christie floated as Sessions replacement after Trump installs 'acting' loyalist

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Mr Sessions, who was an early backer of the Trump campaign, recused himself in March 2017 from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation under a similar rule which prohibits officials from overseeing investigations into subjects with whom they have a "a personal or political relationship".

Mr Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker, formerly Mr Sessions' chief of staff, as acting attorney general under the US Vacancies Reform Act, which lays out general rules for temporarily filling vacant executive branch positions.

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said Mueller's probe will continue to its end "because no new attorney general can be can be confirmed who will stop that investigation".

Other names being floated include Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has been handling negotiations with Mueller's team over what questions Trump would have to mention in the Russian Federation probe.

In the House of Representatives, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee - which Democrats will control from January - called for an investigation of Sessions' firing. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy William Ruckelshaus resigned rather than comply with Nixon's order. However, now that Sessions is gone, his acting replacement Matt Whitaker will oversee the investigation.

"The president's entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that's qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice", Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who may be in line to head the Judiciary Committee next year, told reporters in August.

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

The timing for when a final report would be submitted by the special counsel's office is still unclear, and sources say there is also no clear timeline for when Mueller will wrap his investigation.

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Congressional Democrats, concerned about protecting Mueller, called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation in its final but potentially explosive stages.

"Trump's actions are being compared with those of U.S. President Richard Nixon in one of the most controversial episodes of the Watergate scandal, the Saturday Night Massacre", said organizers.

Whitaker now becomes Mueller's new boss and judging by past statements he will be sympathetic towards Trump.

Would he would fire special counsel Robert Mueller? And he's one step closer to being able to do just that.

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington.

Politico noted that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sen. A federal judge has ordered Kobach, Kansas' top elections official, to produce by Thursday, April 6, 2017, a plan on homeland security issues that he brought to the meeting with Trump.

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