Senate leader: Trump likely to nominate new AG

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"It makes me want to vomit literally every day", he said. The ACLU wrote in a statement, "Jeff Sessions was the worst attorney general in modern American history".

Sessions handed in his resignation Wednesday at Trump's request.

McConnell, a close Trump ally who said Friday that he talks frequently with the president, insisted that Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation in 2016 is not under threat.

Meanwhile, a coalition of 18 state attorneys general has sent a letter to Whitaker calling on him to recuse himself from the special counsel probe like Sessions did, in light of his "widely circulated public comments criticizing" Mueller.

The president argued that Whitaker was "Senate-confirmed" because he served as a USA attorney.

In the letter Sessions said he had been "honored... to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part" of the Trump campaign for presidency. Whitaker criticized both aspects a year ago, and as he is now taking over oversight of the probe, he could try to strangle it, or even rescind Mueller's appointment.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's top deputy, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O'Callaghan, met with lawyers from the special counsel's team, according to a source familiar with the matter - just as he has been doing on almost a biweekly basis for months, as CNN previously reported.

Gonzales, who was the attorney general in George W. Bush's administration from 2005 to 2007, said he doesn't know Whitaker, his qualifications or motivations, but there's a lot that calls into question his appointment.

"He was very, very highly thought of, and still is highly thought of, but this only comes up because anybody that works for me, they do a number on them", Trump said.

"I think it is a no-brainer", he said. His job as Mr. Sessions' chief of staff did not require Senate confirmation.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is said to be a candidate, along with Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, among others.

Team leader with Indivisible Ogden, Pam Harrison, holds a sign on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, during a community protest against the firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session by President Donald Trump alongside Washington Boulevard in Ogden.

Sessions had been an avid supporter from the beginning of the Trump campaign, but ran afoul of the President when he recused himself from the probe on Russia's interference after it was revealed that Sessions had had two meetings with the former ambassador from Russia, Sergey Kislyak.

The president commented to reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Paris to commemorate the end of World War I.

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