Mueller's team has started writing its final report: CNN

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's team has started writing its final report after a months-long investigation into possible ties between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE's presidential campaign and Russia, multiple sources told CNN on Thursday

Trump began reviewing his answers to Mueller's questions as he prepared to request Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known MORE's resignation, CNN reported.

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A source familiar with the matter told CNN that they believe the Trump legal team will continue to approach Mueller's questions the same way, despite the shakeup in leadership at the Justice Department. 

Trump agreed to answer written questions from the special counsel, but the two teams have not settled negotiations over a possible in-person interview, according to CNN. Trump's legal team and attorneys representing witnesses in the investigation say Trump's responses to the special counsel could point to the imminent conclusion of Mueller's 18-month probe, the network reported.

The special counsel's office declined to comment to The Hill.

Mueller reportedly was expected to release his findings related to key aspects of his investigation into Russian election interference in 2016 after Tuesday's midterm elections.

Shortly after Sessions's ousting, Trump named Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, sparking concerns among Democrats that the president could be seeking to undermine Mueller's probe. 

Whitaker, who has publicly criticized Mueller's probe and defended Trump — including in op-eds to CNN and The Hill — will oversee Mueller's investigation. 

Top Democratic leaders, including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Overnight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' MORE (Calif.), have called on Whitaker to recuse himself from oversight over his public comments criticizing the special counsel

"Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russia investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller’s investigation," Pelosi said. "Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation. #FollowTheFacts.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday called for an emergency hearing following Sessions's resignation.

Committee Democrats sent letters to the panel's GOP chairman and Whitaker, pressing them on how the shakeup at the highest levels of the Justice Department will impact Mueller's investigation. 

Whitaker, in an op-ed for The Hill last year, criticized the idea of a special counsel, dismissing the call for an independent counsel as partisan.

"Calls for an independent counsel or commission to investigate allegations that Russia tried to interfere with our elections ring hollow when similar calls for special counsels during the scandals of the Obama administration were dismissed out of hand by the same people making these demands now," Whitaker wrote at the time. 

Olivia Beavers contributed reporting.