When President Donald Trump came to the Capital City to support Kris Kobach's bid for governor, he joked with the crowd he kind of hoped the Republican nominee didn't win.
Tonight, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.
He also announced media leak crackdowns and tougher policies against opioids, and his Justice Department defended a since-abandoned administration policy that resulted in migrant parents being separated from their children at the border.
"To have led a Department like this goes beyond anything I ever would have thought possible", he wrote.
He served as the U.S. attorney in the state's southern district, was elected state attorney general in 1994 and then to the Senate in 1996.
Sessions applauded department employees for achieving goals in reducing violent crime, homicides, opioid prescriptions and overdose deaths. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he wants "answers immediately" and "we will hold people accountable". "These accomplishments are your accomplishments-products of your work".
"I hope he loses".
"Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020!"
Trump blamed Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the investigation in its early stages, leading to the appointment of a special counsel.
"Donald Trump may think he has the power to hire and fire whomever he pleases, but he can not take such action if it is determined that it is for the purposes of subverting the rule of law and obstructing justice", said the congressman.
US Representative Earl Blumenauer, of OR, called the move a "major step forward for marijuana reform", also noting that US Representative Pete Sessions, of Texas, who has obstructed votes on marijuana-related legislation as chair of the House Rules Committee, was defeated in Tuesday's midterm elections.
A personal connection to a Mueller witness is unlikely to sway Whitaker or the White House when it comes to recusal, as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein supervised the probe despite being a witness himself.
In February 2016, Sessions became the first sitting senator to endorse Trump's presidential campaign, and in the months leading up to the election, he became one of the candidate's closest national security advisers.
If he has found solid evidence, Mueller is not expected to indict the president, given the unsettled state of law on that course of action. But Mr Sessions's replacement will have the power to do so, or end the inquiry. "Keep improving, getting better and more productive".