Less than 24 hours ago, Republicans held control of the United States Senate, and knocked off several Democratic incumbents, adding to a current GOP advantage in the upper chamber of Congress.
But on the flip side, Democrats regained control of the House Of Representatives–and with it, the power to subpoena, investigate and potentially, impeach.
But as the dust settled, one high-profile Trump administration official became the first casualty of a long-expected White House realignment after last night: Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out of office, forced to resign reportedly at the President’s request.
Its been reported President Trump made chief of staff John Kelly do the firing.
Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will take his place.
Sessions was reportedly operating on borrowed time since he infuriated Trump by refusing to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation into potential Trump campaign collusion with Russia.
Meanwhile, CNN reporter Jim Acosta had a testy exchange with President Trump during a press conference. Acosta was asking questions concerning the widely covered immigrant caravan and the Russia investigation.
The President averted the questions while a female reported to be a White House aide tried to shut down Acosta by taking his microphone but Acosta politely held on and continued asking his questions of Trump, who was clearly agitated with Acosta.
Eventually, the aide successfully snatched the mic away from Acosta.
“You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN, the President told Acosta. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is horrible. And the way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”
NBC’s Peter Alexander got hold of the mic next and tried to offer a defense of Acosta, but the President let Alexander know he (Alexander) wasn’t on his Christmas list either:
“I’m not a big fan of yours either”, Trump said.
And the President’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., is reportedly expecting he will be indicted in the near future as Mueller’s investigation into Russian campaign collusion chugs along. News reports indicate Mueller could be readying to send more indictments down the pike.