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Chris Coons, Cory Booker and Jeff Flake attempted to bring the legislation to a Senate vote Wednesday, but the measure was blocked by Mike Lee of Utah.
Critics had argued that Whitaker cannot legally lead the Justice department because he was not approved by the Senate.
Trump distances himself from Whitaker amid criticism he is attempting to undercut the Mueller probe.
A number of Trump officials, including Ryan Zinke and Jeff Sessions, could be shown the door after Nov. 6.
Noel Francisco, who has endorsed an expansive view of presidential power, could inherit the Russia probe if Trump terminates Rosenstein.
Trump says that he "[doesn't] have an attorney general" in his latest broadside against Sessions.