"I FIRED HIM!" Donald Trump sacks US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Credit AP Attorney General Jeff Sessions

After President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday and named as his temporary replacement Matthew Whitaker-a Trump loyalist who argued in an opinion piece previous year that the Russian Federation probe has gone "too far"-progressive advocacy groups urged Americans to prepare to take to the streets amid warnings that Trump could move to terminate Special Counsel Robert Mueller next".

"At your request, I am submitting my resignation", Sessions wrote in a letter to Trump.

His loyalty went unrewarded - Mr Trump reportedly left it to his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to tell Mr Sessions the President wanted him to step down.

Trump announced on Twitter that Sessions's chief of staff, Matthew G. Whitaker, would be taking over as Acting Attorney General until a more permanent replacement could be named.

Trump and Whitaker personally discussed the prospect of his replacing Sessions just last month, according to The Washington Post.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned, saying the decision has been reached at the request of US President Donald Trump.

Sessions had recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible coordination between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the news broke that Trump risked creating a "constitutional crisis" if he impeded Mueller's investigation, Reuters reported.

Unusual inherited Sessions's Senate seat after his appointment as U.S. Attorney General.

He called for the Mueller investigation's scope to be narrowed.

"It should end, because it is very bad for the country", Trump told reporters.

In a tweet, Mr Trump wrote: "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!" He is a conservative who has written op-eds in the past suggesting that the Mueller Investigation of Trump and the 2016 election has gone "too far", and has also run for elected office three times in the past, all times as a Republican.

Bondi is no stranger to controversy involving Mr. Trump. Whitaker is expected to oversee the investigation despite being critical of it in public statements and chairing the campaign of a witness in the probe.

With Democrats grabbing control of the House of Representatives, Nadler will become the chairman of the Judiciary Committee - and could preside over impeachment proceedings against Trump.

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