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President Trump's forcing out of Jeff Sessions has cast doubt on the future of Robert Mueller's investigation-especially since Sessions' replacement, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, has always been a critic of the probe.

On Wednesday, Goodlatte issued a statement praising Sessions' service as attorney general and wishing Whitaker well in his new role.

Never in modern history has a president attacked a Cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public as Trump did Sessions, 71, who had been one of the first members of Congress to back his presidential campaign in 2015.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein took over supervision of the Russian Federation investigation.

But it's not typical for chiefs of staff to replace the head of an agency when that head resigns, as former CIA staffer and NBC contributor Ned Price pointed out.

The deputy attorney general appointed Mr Mueller to lead the inquiry after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called it a "blatant attempt" to undermine the Russian Federation probe, while Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that "clearly, the president has something to hide".

About six Congressional Democrats including Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden and Cory Booker stressed that Trump may be attempting to disrupt the Mueller investigation and called on Whitaker to recuse himself.

Sessions has long faced criticism from Trump for recusing himself from Mueller's investigation of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Justice Department rules on special counsels set boundaries on how Mueller could be removed.

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The relentless attacks on Sessions came even though the Alabama Republican was the first USA senator to endorse Trump and despite the fact that his crime-fighting agenda and priorities - particularly his hawkish immigration enforcement policies - largely mirrored the president's.

Some Democrats also considered Sessions too eager to do Trump's bidding and overly receptive to his grievances.

In a CNN op-ed previous year, Whitaker wrote, "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing".

Asked whether Whitaker would assume control over Mueller's investigation, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice".

Nadler is expected to become House Judiciary chairman when a Democratic House majority, elected in Tuesday's midterm elections, takes over in the new Congress that convenes in January.

"He worships him", a longtime friend said of Whitaker and Trump. Chuck Schumer, said he should recuse himself because of his comments on the probe. Rep.

A copy of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation letter is photographed in Washington on an image of the exterior of the Justice Department.

"Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?"

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. But Mr Sessions's replacement will have the power to do so, or end the inquiry.

"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level".

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