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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.

"It seems like every time we get ahead, Trump breaks another rule", Ferdinandt said.

There has also been a question mark over Mr Rosenstein's future since it was alleged that he had discussed invoking a constitutional clause to oust President Trump.

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

The department's No. 2, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, took over and appointed Mueller after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has begun writing its final report on its 18-month Russian Federation investigation, according a media report Thursday.

Overseeing it all is Whitaker, a former college football player and United States attorney from Iowa who was brought into the Justice Department past year to serve as Sessions' chief of staff.

To this point, Trump has heeded advice not to directly interfere, though a new chapter in the relationship with the probe may have begun with the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as new acting attorney general. Senator Graham, who offered fierce defence of both Mr Sessions, and Mr Mueller's probe just 12 months ago, was criticised for merely saying: "I look forward to working with President Trump to find a confirmable, worthy successor so that we can start a new chapter at the Department of Justice and deal with both the opportunities and challenges our nation faces". Though Sessions was an early and prominent campaign backer of Trump, his departure letter lacked effusive praise for the president and made clear the resignation came "at your request".

Short of legislation meant to protect Mueller, which is unlikely to pass, there is little Congress can do to challenge Whitaker's oversight of Mueller, said Rosenzweig.

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

Sessions, who likely suspected his ouster was imminent, was spotted by reporters giving some of his grandchildren a tour of the White House over the weekend.

The mayor, who has gotten into it with the president on Twitter, added: "It is a shocking abuse of power".

Andy McCarthy of National Review also has high regard for Matt Whitaker, describing him as "well credentialed and an excellent choice to assume the duties of attorney general".

Sessions endured the name-calling in silence, even as he aggressively carried out the administration's conservative policies, such as stripping federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities and states and rescinding protection for young adults brought into the country illegally as children.

The special counsel's team has been investigating Stone's connection to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign and whether he had advance knowledge of the group's plans to release hacked material damaging to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

CNN reports that Christie is not believed to have met with the president Thursday.

After recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, the staunchly conservative Sessions spent his time ramping up efforts to combat violent gangs, drug use and illegal immigration - all key components of Trump's law-and-order agenda.


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