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.
"Most importantly as my time as attorney general, we have restored and upheld the rule of law", Mr Sessions added, while thanking the Republican president.
To Trump's unrelenting ire, Sessions was unable to rein in Mueller's expansive probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the president obstructed justice, given Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the probe in March 2017.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is a possible contender to permanently replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, sources familiar with the matter tell CBS News.
Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information. "It would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation". With Sessions out, his replacement would be in place to take the reigns in overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Mr Trump announced Mr Sessions' departure on Twitter.
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In an opinion piece written for CNN in August 2017 while serving as a commentator for the network, Mr Whitaker, a former United States attorney, said Mr Mueller would be crossing a line if he investigated the Trump family's finances.
Whitaker previously served under the George W. Bush administration as U.S. attorney for Iowa's Southern District from 2004 to 2009.
Democratic Representative Jerry Nadler, who will likely become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee - which has congressional oversight over the Mueller probe - immediately responded to Sessions' resignation by demanding an explanation for the change.
"Bob Mueller is totally conflicted", Mr Trump continued but provided no evidence that the team led by Mr Mueller, a Republican appointed by Republicans, is biased against him.
It was Clovis, no stranger to TV and radio himself, who encouraged Whitaker to get a regular commentary gig on cable television to get President Donald Trump's attention, according to friends who Whitaker told at the time.