But what really fueled the media’s "crisis" coverage was Trump's choice for acting attorney general.
It wasn't Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein, the man who appointed Robert Mueller.
"The truth is there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign," Whitaker once said.
So it's a big deal that oversight of the Russia probe is moving from Rosenstein, who likes the job Mueller is doing, to a man who's been so critical of the investigation.
And criticism from House Democrats who'll soon be in a position to scrutinize these matters is fueling the story.