Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation Wednesday at the request of President Trump, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) tweeted: "Americans must have answers immediately ... Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel [Robert] Mueller’s investigation? We will be holding people accountable."

Why it matters: Nadler is the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and the likely future chairman of that committee now that Democrats have taken taken back the House. This means he could oversee a potential probe of Sessions' exit.

One more thing: In April, Nadler and other Democrats introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Protection Act, a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from getting fired.

  • The measure advanced to the Senate, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wouldn't bring it to the floor for a vote.

The backdrop: Trump has repeatedly gone after Sessions for having recused himself from the Russia investigation, which Mueller is now overseeing.

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Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a 55-year-old man was "electrocuted by a downed power line" in Louisiana as the storm caused widespread power outages Wednesday night, per AP.

What's happening: Zeta made landfall south of New Orleans as a Category 2 hurricane earlier Wednesday before weakening to Category 1. But it was still "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi with life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain" late Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, testifies during a September Senate hearing on COVID-19 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Graeme Jennings/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday he doesn't expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be ready until January 2021 or later.

What he's saying: Fauci said during the interview that the U.S. was in a "bad position" after failing to keep case numbers down post-summer. "We should have been way down in baseline and daily cases and we’re not," he said.