Trump announced that former Sessions chief of staff Matt Whitaker would serve as acting attorney general. Trump has not interfered with it yet, despite repeatedly labelling it a "hoax" and a "witch-hunt". "By forcing the firing (of) the attorney general, the president now threatens the rule of law itself".
In the letter, the group of state attorneys general note that Rosenstein appears to have adequately overseen the Russian Federation probe and "should continue to do so, as Mr. Mueller's work must proceed free from interference or supervision that would appear to many Americans to be biased". "The president could, and has in our nation's history, said stop investigating this person or please investigate this other person".
The change of leadership at the DOJ came one day after Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, meaning Trump will face more oversight than he has under the Republican-controlled Congress. The undated letter was then sent to the White House.
Only minutes later, a series of questions he found overly hostile sent him into a most un-loving blowup.
How many people will show up remains to be seen. Shortly after, the White House took the extremely rare measure of revoking Acosta's press pass.
CNN reports that Christie is not believed to have met with the president Thursday. "The video is clear, he did", she said.
"It's unfortunate that we all knew the president was going to try to get rid of Jeff Sessions", Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said.
But if Whitaker moves to curtail Mueller, he would eventually have to disclose that to Congress.
"It was supposed to be on collusion".
"They're wasting a lot of money, but I let it go on".
Kathleen Clark, a professor of legal ethics at Washington University in St. Louis, said Whitaker's previous comments about the Mueller probe raise questions about his impartiality and warrant his recusal.
Sessions, who was an early backer of the Trump campaign, recused himself in March 2017 from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation under a similar rule which prohibits officials from overseeing investigations into subjects with whom they have a "a personal or political relationship".
Trump saw the move as a betrayal and frequently and publicly criticised Sessions for making the decision to recuse himself.
King did not indicate whether he thinks Whitaker will attempt to defund the probe.
In piercing attacks, Trump called Sessions weak and beleaguered, complained that he wasn't more aggressively pursuing allegations of corruption against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and called it "disgraceful" that Sessions wasn't more serious in scrutinizing the origins of the Russian Federation investigation for possible law enforcement bias - even though the attorney general did ask the Justice Department's inspector general to examine those claims.
When Democrats assume control of House committees next year, they will direct everything from the subject matter of investigations to the timing and substance of committee hearings.
Republicans, however, have been mostly silent.