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1. Trump asks Sessions to resign

Hours after the results of the midterm elections began rolling in, Jeff Sessions resigned as attorney general at President Donald Trump's request.

"This was a firing," ABC News' Mike Levine tells us. "This was not Sessions' choice. As one DOJ person told me, 'He had no choice.'"

The president and the attorney general have had a rocky relationship ever since Sessions' recusal from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. With Sessions out of the way, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will oversee the probe.

2. The future of Mueller's investigation

Trump's selection of Whitaker, who has previously spoken about reining in Mueller's investigation, as acting attorney general sparked concern about the future of the Russia probe. The overarching sentiment on Capitol Hill is to let the special counsel finish, according to ABC News Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce.

White House aides also want the president to leave Mueller alone, ABC News' John Santucci tells us: "They do not want the president to do anything that could cause any type of crisis that could result in some form of investigation, potentially impeachment."

3. Pelosi and Democrats plan for oversight

In 55 days, Democrats will control the House as new members of Congress take over, but will Nancy Pelosi be their leader?

ABC News' John Parkinson, who covers Congress, tells us she's likely to keep her job as the party plans for major oversight of the White House.

"They want to put every single major Trump administration policy along with the president and his business empire under the microscope here, and really examine him through the committee process," he tells us.
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