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Sessions' former Chief of Staff taking over as acting Attorney General

(IMG: WPMI) Sessions' former Chief of Staff taking over as acting Attorney General

The man taking over the Department of Justice, at least temporarily, is Matthew Whitaker who was Sessions' Chief of Staff.

Democrats are worried Whitaker may end the Mueller probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The White House is defending the president's choice of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General.

Whitaker is a former U.S. Attorney during the Bush administration and a former CNN commentator who expressed concern repeatedly last year about the scope of the Mueller probe.

Before joining the DOJ as Chief of Staff, Whitaker also speculated about how to kill Mueller's probe without actually ordering it to end.

As acting AG, Whitaker is now directly in charge of the Special Counsel's investigation because, unlike Sessions, he has not recused himself.

On Wednesday Democrats were urging him to do that.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted, "Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russia investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller's investigation." She urged the lame duck Congress to take action.

The White House is holding steady to its position that the Mueller probe has nothing on the president.

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