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Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

In the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation, which was requested by President Trump, Democrats are calling for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, while Republicans are praising Sessions for serving his country "admirably."

Why it matters: The pushback from Washington officials is building because of Whitaker's unfavorable position on the Mueller investigation. He has previously said the investigation is "going too far" and has referred to it as a "witch hunt."

What they're saying:
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder called the president's move "a red line" and said anyone attempting to "obstruct" the investigation must be held accountable.
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Trump "has something to hide" and demanded that Matt Whittaker recuse himself from the investigation.
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Sessions' exit must not be an attempt to "impede, obstruct or end" the investigation.
  • Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the House "will be holding people accountable" and questioned Trump's decision to remove Sessions.
  • Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) called for House Republicans to protect the Mueller investigation and said Trump is mistaken if he believes ousting Sessions will prevent him from being held accountable.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that Sessions remained "steadfast" in his commitment to law and order and his love for America.
  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said Sessions served the United States "admirably" in his time as attorney general and wished him well moving forward.
  • Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) said he applauds Sessions for his service to Alabama as well as the rest of the country.

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Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

The latest: Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.

Hollywood union reaches deal with studios to avert strike

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A Hollywood workers' union reached a tentative deal with studios, networks and streamers that will guarantee better working conditions, meal breaks and increased wages for low-paid workers, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced Saturday night.

Why it matters: The deal, which still needs to be ratified by IATSE members, will avert a nationwide strike by film and television workers that was set to start Monday. It would have been the first strike in the union's 128-year history.

Bill Clinton released from hospital following treatment for non-COVID infection

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Former President Bill Clinton was discharged from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Sunday, nearly a week after he was admitted for a non-COVID-related infection, according to his spokesperson Angel Ureña.

What they're saying: "His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics," wrote Dr. Alpesh Amin, who has been overseeing the team of doctors treating Clinton. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress."

Worth noting: Clinton had a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, per CNN.

  • The California-based medical team had been administering IV antibiotics and fluids, and was in constant communication with Clinton's New York team, including his cardiologist, according to the former president's physicians.
  • President Biden spoke by phone with Clinton on Friday to see how he was doing, and the catch-up included a discussion of recent politics.