The Latest on Jeff Sessions’ departure as attorney general (all times local):

10:05 a.m.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the exit of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is “not a constitutional crisis.”

FILE - In this  July 20, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Sessions resigned Nov. 7, 2018. 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 Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
FILE – In this July 20, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Sessions resigned Nov. 7, 2018. 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 Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sessions’ former chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, is now acting attorney general and has authority to oversee the remainder of the Russia probe.

Conway spoke to reporters at the White House on Thursday.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein waits for his car as he departs the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. 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 Russia investigation. . (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein waits for his car as he departs the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. 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 Russia investigation. . (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Conway was asked if President Donald Trump had instructed Whitaker to limit the Russia investigation and said the “president hasn’t instructed him to do anything” beyond serve as acting attorney general.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (ROH’-zen-styn) previously oversaw the probe. Conway says Rosenstein was at the White House on Wednesday for a regularly scheduled meeting and was expected back for another such meeting on Thursday.

FILE - In this July 13, 2018 photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
FILE – In this July 13, 2018 photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

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7:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Kremlin has called the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election a “headache” for U.S. authorities but has declined to comment on the departure of Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the comments Thursday after Sessions handed in his resignation. Sessions’ departure has potentially ominous implications for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe given that the new acting attorney general has questioned the inquiry’s scope.

Peskov says Sessions’ departure isn’t something for the Kremlin to weigh in on.

A copy of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation letter is photographed in Washington on an image of the exterior of the Justice Department Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
A copy of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation letter is photographed in Washington on an image of the exterior of the Justice Department Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Peskov says the inquiry is “a headache for our American counterparts — it has nothing to do with us.” He argues Mueller’s team hasn’t “managed to produce anything that can withstand serious criticism.”

Mueller’s team has obtained several guilty pleas and a jury conviction and has indictments pending against Russian companies.

Former US Attorney General leaves Justice Dept after resignation
Former US Attorney General leaves Justice Dept after resignation

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12:25 a.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned as the country's chief law enforcement officer at President Donald Trump's request. (Nov. 7)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned as the country’s chief law enforcement officer at President Donald Trump’s request. (Nov. 7)

Jeff Sessions’ departure as attorney general is raising questions about the fate of the special counsel’s Russia probe.

President Donald Trump asked for Sessions’ resignation and then replaced the former Alabama senator with Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker.

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 Russia investigation. (Nov. 7)
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 Russia investigation. (Nov. 7)

Whitaker is a former U.S. attorney from Iowa who founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists. He has questioned the Russia probe’s scope and spoken publicly before joining the Justice Department about ways an attorney general could theoretically stymie the investigation.

Congressional Democrats have already called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation. So far that has been the job of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller.

The ongoing investigation has produced guilty pleas from four former Trump aides.

Source: The Associated Press