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The forced resignation of beleaguered US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday (Nov 7) has cast doubts over the fate of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 presidential election, even as Democrats rallied to protect the probe. "We're mobilizing immediately to demand accountability, because Trump is not above the law".

If Mr Whitaker chose to fire Mueller, he would need to inform the special counsel in writing of the specific reason for his termination.

Separately, House Judiciary Democrats called on Whitaker in a letter to recuse himself and keep the Mueller investigation under the supervision of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a career Justice Department official who has given the special counsel full scope to pursue leads. Justice Department officials said that under normal circumstances, the deputy attorney general would likely play an active, hands-on role in overseeing such a high profile probe, and they had no reason to believe that Rosenstein would now be cut out.

And I think that's what's critical.

Although the probe was launched to investigate any "links/coordination" between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, Mueller is believed to be focusing now on whether Trump obstructed justice through acts including firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey. The New York Democrat says it would spark a "constitutional crisis" if Trump forced out Sessions as a "prelude" to ending or limiting Mueller's investigation. The law was meant to address vacancies created by deaths or resignations, but it is not clear it also applies to those created by firings.

The possibility that Sessions was sacked could open Whitaker's appointment to court challenge by a range of people, including Mueller, impacted by his actions.

There is some question whether Mr Sessions was sacked or resigned.

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"It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation", she tweeted.

Sessions is departing as Mueller's Russian Federation investigation grinds on.

Mr Whitaker would be required to notify Congress of such a decision.

There have been close relationships between the attorneys general and the White House before, but, at the end of the day, we need to have confidence that the integrity of our - particularly our criminal investigations, who's targeted, what type of evidence is collected, how it's collected is not directed for political purposes.

"Sessions did not do the thing he could have done to better protect Rosenstein, and through Rosenstein, the Mueller investigation", Vladeck said. Officials there have said Whitaker will follow the regular procedure in handling any ethics issues that arise.

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