Jeff Sessions

President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, effectively firing him.

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Protests were held around the country, a day after Republicans lost full control of Congress and Jeff Sessions was ousted as attorney general.

Some people said they fear the change of hands could mean the end of the Russia investigation. The temporary replacement has been critical of the Russia probe in the past.

Sessions was forced to resign on Wednesday at the request of President Donald Trump.

His departure was not unexpected.

"I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign," Sessions said back in March 2017.

"I'm disappointed in the attorney general for numerous reasons," Trump said back in September.

Sessions' chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, will serve as acting attorney general, Trump announced.

A Department of Justice official said Whitaker will oversee all department matters.

In the past, Whitaker has been critical of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Democrats said they worry he may now try to end the probe.

"This is another step by the president seeking to undermine and sabotage the Mueller investigation," said Rep. Jerry Nadler, New York.

As a result, protests are planned across the country, including in Connecticut, to protect the investigation.

Mueller has indicted 35 people and companies, including some of the president's top campaign officials.

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