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Trey Gowdy: Sessions was 'dead man walking for several months'

Trey Gowdy: Sessions was 'dead man walking for several months'
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Retiring Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsManchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation MORE was a "dead man walking for several months" before he resigned earlier Wednesday from his post as attorney general.

“[The resignation] was gonna happen. I knew it was gonna happen after the election. I did not think it would happen before all the votes had been counted, but he’s been a proverbial dead man walking for several months now," Gowdy said on Fox News. 

Sessions resigned Wednesday at President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE's request, a move that followed significant speculation that he would leave the Justice Department sometime after the midterms.

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Democrats expressed concern Wednesday that Sessions' forced resignation would be the first in a series of steps by Trump to limit or end special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Sessions had recused himself of involvement in the investigation, which has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members MORE. The Department of Justice said Wednesday that newly-appointed Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker would take over the role of overseeing the investigation.

But Gowdy said during his interview on Fox News that he doesn't think "anything is going to happen" to Rosenstein until Mueller is finished with his probe. 

"He is overseeing the Mueller probe right now. I don't think anything is going to happen to Rod [Rosenstein] until after Mueller finishes his investigation. And then what happens after that will be between the president and Rod," he said.