Tonight, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.
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' chief-of-staff, Matthew Whitaker, will be acting attorney-general, Trump said on Twitter.
Politico noted that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sen.
On Wednesday, Jeff Sessions resigned as the country's chief law enforcement officer. Christie also was plucked to lead Trump's transition team after he was elected.
Catherine Herridge reads Sessions's letter of resignation.
Whitaker has made no public comment since being named, but he has previously shown distinct scepticism about the probe, including calling for its scope to be curtailed.
"Essentially we need to shame him into acting in compliance with the law", she said.
In that scenario, Mueller's budget could be reduced "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt", Whitaker said during an interview with CNN in July 2017 before he joined the Justice Department.
Mr Trump had wanted to fire Mr Sessions sooner, reported the Associated Press, but was persuaded by aides not to do so until after the midterm elections as it could have hurt the Republican party at the polls.
"He took the job and then he said, "I'm going to recuse myself.' I said, 'What kind of a man is this?'" Trump said this year in a Fox News interview". Joni Ernst (R-IA), telling the Des Moines Register, "I'm 100 percent pro-life".
The senator prefaced that statement by expressing his support for Sessions and went on to say, "any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency - unless Mueller did something wrong". "The notification to Congress is mostly about transparency".
He warned that there would be consequences if Mr Trump is determined to have fired Mr Sessions in order to subvert the rule of law and obstruct justice. No one faced more rumors of an imminent dismissal than Sessions.
One reason Sessions endured months of taunting from Trump is that he believed he was protecting the integrity of the Justice Department and was trying to prevent the president from bringing in someone who would politicize it, according to a US official who has worked with Sessions and frequently talked with him.
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".