US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions fired by Donald Trump

Whitaker likes to talk about Mueller

According to two people familiar with the discussions who spoke to CBS' Major Garrett, the list of possible replacements will continue to grow over the next several days.

Sessions, fired by President Trump a day after Republicans lost control of the House in the midterm elections, left the seat in 2017 when he was nominated to head up the Justice Department.

Politico noted that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sen. Christie also was plucked to lead Trump's transition team after he was elected.

In a letter, Mr Sessions said he was resigning at the president's request.

Can Whitaker be forced to recuse himself? Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he wants "answers immediately" and "we will hold people accountable".

In July 2017, he said during an interview on CNN that he could envision a scenario under which a temporary attorney general doesn't fire Mueller but rather "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt".

Whitaker, a former USA attorney from Iowa who twice ran unsuccessfully for statewide office and founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists, once opined about a scenario in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of Mueller's probe.

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US Representative Earl Blumenauer, of OR, called the move a "major step forward for marijuana reform", also noting that US Representative Pete Sessions, of Texas, who has obstructed votes on marijuana-related legislation as chair of the House Rules Committee, was defeated in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Christie is a longtime friend of President Trump's and endorsed him after dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign.

But amid that controversy, Sessions sent the farewell message to Justice Department employees touting their work and accomplishments together. For 18 months Rosenstein has allowed Mueller a generous budget and very broad mandate.

Mr Sessions removed himself from the probe after Democrats accused him of failing to disclose contacts he had had with the Russian ambassador as a senior adviser to Mr Trump's campaign.

Sessions took the lead in imposing Trump's travel ban targeting a number of mostly Muslim nations, canceling the so-called Dreamer program that let the children of undocumented immigrants remain in the US and forcing the separation of migrant families as part of a border crossing crackdown.

Marijuana reform advocates have generally applauded the announcement of Sessions' resignation, as the now former attorney general has a long history of demeaning cannabis consumers, disregarding research about the benefits of medical marijuana, and upholding federal prohibition.

Buzzfeed reporter Joe Bernstein is reporting that he asked an unnamed "political operative with the White House's ear if Kobach for AG is likely".

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