1. “Trump, who requested Sessions’ resignation, named Matthew Whitaker to serve as interim attorney general. Whitaker was Sessions’ chief of staff and had been considered for a variety of jobs in the Trump administration, including the No. 2 post at Justice or as White House counsel. In his new role, Whitaker also will oversee special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, prompting fears among Democratic lawmakers that Trump was seeking to derail the inquiry as it nears an end.”
-Kevin Johnson, USA Today.
2. “President Donald Trump is considering former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to replace fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, sources familiar with the matter said … Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta also is under consideration, according to a senior Senate Republican aide and a source familiar with the process.”
-Jeremy Diamond, Sarah Westwood, and Jim Acosta, CNN.
3. “President Trump’s decision to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Matthew Whitaker is facing new questions, with two prominent attorneys — including the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — suggesting that it may be illegal … Attorneys Neal Katyal and George Conway called Trump’s action illegal in an op-ed published in the New York Times Thursday afternoon. They say the Constitution requires that anyone serving as attorney general be confirmed by the Senate.”
-Stef W. Kight and Alayna Treene, Axios.
4. “Kris Kobach lost his race for governor Tuesday, but speculation has already begun that President Donald Trump might hand him control of the U.S. Department of Justice as a consolation prize.”
-Bryan Lowry, Anita Kumar, Hunter Woodall, and Kevin Hall, The Kansas City Star.