Rod Rosenstein is no longer in charge of the Mueller probe

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in December 2017

President Trump is considering a retired federal appeals court judge who also served on the California Supreme Court as the next US attorney general following the Wednesday resignation of Jeff Sessions, according to reports.

Sessions had faced pressure from Trump and other Republicans for his recusal from the investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into alleged Russian election interference during the 2016 election. A Justice Department representative confirmed that Whitaker would assume supervision of the Russian Federation investigation and the special counsel leading it, Robert Mueller, from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

'He will serve our Country well. Sessions said in a letter to Trump he resigned at the president's request.

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The departure of Mr Sessions, who was the first United States senator to back Mr Trump's presidential run in 2016, was long expected, and came one day after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives but boosted their Senate majority. As this news circulated, President Trump took to Twitter with a message of his own, focusing more on Sessions' temporary replacement.

Several hours after announcing the new AG via Twitter, Mr Trump was once again condemning the Mueller investigation.

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This sets of a series of questions about the implications of the change on Special Investigator Robert Mueller.

Dean said despite the ramifications of the Sessions ouster, he has faith in the USA judicial system to survive it.

Thanking Sessions for his service, Romney said that it was "imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded". He recused himself the next day, saying it would be inappropriate to oversee an investigation into a campaign he was part of.

Last year Whitaker, who was a legal analyst for CNN as well as former USA attorney, wrote that he felt the Mueller investigation had gone too far in looking into Trump Organization financial records that were not related to the 2016 election.

On the House side, current Republican leaders who had spent the morning announcing what they would run for in the minority party, also did not issue immediate statements. Speculation has mounted for months over Rosenstein's fate, but Trump said in September that he wanted Rosenstein to stay in his job.

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