The resignation, in a one-page letter to Trump, came one day after Republicans lost control of the House and was the first of several expected post-midterms Cabinet and White House departures.
That's what Whitaker had discussed doing before he re-joined the government; under one scenario, he said, the attorney general could just stop paying Mueller and his team, or take away other resources they need to work.
"I see different people at different times going on shows".
Speaking in Brunswick, Collins said Whitaker's comments on the probe had her "very concerned" about his appointment, adding that a bill would pressure Trump to let the investigation run its course. McConnell said he expects Whitaker to be "a very interim" appointee. Trump defended the ban by saying: "This is a very sacred place".
Some on the left are accusing the president of firing Sessions to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, while others are saying Whitaker must recuse himself for having expressed opinions about the scope of Mueller's probe.
On Tuesday, the Attorneys General of Massachusetts, New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia signed a letter addressed to Whitaker requesting his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.
"I can tell you Matt Whitaker's a great guy".
Despite Trump's distancing himself from Whitaker, two Republicans close to the president said he had enjoyed Whitaker's TV appearances and the two had struck a bond.
Now Whitaker, 49, leads everything at the Justice Department - including the Russian Federation probe.
Jeff Flake and Christopher Coons on Thursday said they plan to push legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as supporters of the probe demonstrated across the country.
"I am not aware of any precedent for appointment of an official who has not been confirmed by the Senate to serve as acting Attorney General".
Due to the Sessions recusal, on May 17, 2017, Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, appointed Mueller Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice to investigate the matter of collusion with the Russians and potential obstruction of justice. Sessions had recused himself from overseeing Mueller's investigation.
Trump insisted Friday that he had not spoken with Whitaker about the Mueller investigation. His very first act as head of the Department of Justice was to issue, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, a directive stripping the right to asylum from anyone who enters the USA over the Mexican border and has not first gained legal status-a move that is tantamount to abolishing the right to asylum, which is guaranteed under global and U.S. law.
In radio and television interviews past year, Whitaker repeatedly supported Trump's "illegal witch hunt" charge against the investigation.