Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is expected to oversee the special counsel’s investigation into potential coordination between the president’s Republican campaign and Russia now that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said Wednesday that Whitaker would be “in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice.” President Donald Trump named Whitaker as acting attorney general after Sessions resigned.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The man who will serve at least temporarily as the nation’s top law enforcement official is a relatively inexperienced Republican Party loyalist from Iowa who has called for limiting special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Matthew G. Whitaker, who is 49, will become the nation’s acting attorney general following the resignation of Jeff Sessions. President Donald Trump announced the appointment Wednesday. He says a permanent attorney general will be nominated later.
ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Brian Kemp’s campaign adviser says the candidate is declaring victory in the Georgia governor’s race. Kemp has just more than 50 percent of Tuesday’s vote, which would give him the majority threshold needed to secure a victory.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warned for months that he was at risk of being overwhelmed by Democratic anger. He was right. The tide that swept him out Tuesday stalled a political career that radically transformed the purple state, leading to President Donald Trump’s narrow victory in 2016. Walker was beloved by Republicans for pushing through a conservative revolution but so reviled by liberals they tried to recall him from office.
NEW YORK (AP) — Already bitter, President Trump’s relationship with the media took a turn for the worse at his post-midterms news conference. He repeatedly told reporters to sit down, accused a PBS correspondent of asking a racist question and had bitterly personal exchanges with CNN’s Jim Acosta and NBC’s Peter Alexander.