US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sacked by Donald Trump on Wednesday after enduring more than a year of bitter criticism from the president over his decision to step aside from the Russian Federation investigation that has dogged the White House.
A senior Justice Department official said White House chief of staff John Kelly called Sessions to request his resignation.
Mr. Trump announced in a tweet that he was naming Mr. Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, a former USA attorney from Iowa, as acting attorney general. "Attorney General Sessions has selflessly dedicated more than 40 years to serving the people of Alabama and the nation", Cornyn began.
His chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, will become acting attorney general.
Sessions has served as attorney general since the early days of Trump's administration. "A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date", he concluded.
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The departure creates uncertainty at the Justice Department, but also for special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the USA election that delivered a Trump White House.
Nadler says he wants to know why Trump is making the change and "who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?" "So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russian Federation relations?" he also asked on Twitter, with "A.G." referring to Sessions.
"I don't have an attorney general".
"At your request, I am submitting my resignation", Sessions wrote in an undated letter to the president", Sessions wrote.
Several hours after announcing the new AG via Twitter, Mr Trump was once again condemning the Mueller investigation.
Sessions' departure was widely expected to come soon after Tuesday's congressional elections in which Republicans retained their majority in the Senate but lost control of the House of Representatives.
Bret Baier asked Gowdy about Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who said that "any attorney general. should not be able to interfere with the Mueller investigation in any way".