U.S. Attorney General

Sarah Jesmer

Protests unfolded across the country Thursday evening in response to the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, after the president asked him to step down. Some see this as President Trump directly threatening the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

MoveOn.org and partners orchestrated the mass protest, including one in DeKalb.

Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET

President Trump has fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, concluding she has "betrayed the Department of Justice" by refusing to defend his executive order that imposes a temporary ban on refugees and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries.

In a statement, the White House called Yates, an Obama administration holdover with 27 years of experience prosecuting corrupt public officials and the man who bombed the Atlanta Olympic park, "weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration."


Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois is blasting a preliminary nuclear agreement between Iran, the U.S. and other world powers.

The deal announced Thursday outlines limits on Iran's nuclear program so it cannot lead to atomic weapons.

Kirk is one of the most vocal U.S. senators pushing for tougher sanctions against Iran, aimed at curtailing the country's nuclear program. He says Iran will be allowed to “keep vast capabilities to make nuclear weapons,” and the U.S. and its international partners will “dismantle the sanctions regime against Iran.”