Special investigator to examine Trump campaign links to Russian Federation

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

The briefing came a day after Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation in that country's attempts to improperly influence the 2016 election.

Trump is responding to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead a probe of allegations that Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the election.

Trump has consistently rejected any suggestion of collusion between his camp and Moscow as "fake news" and complained in a speech Wednesday that he had been treated "more unfairly" than any USA leader in history during his fledgling presidency.

"He came down here many times and said to me, 'You remember one thing: Take care of people first, and your people will take care of the Federal Bureau of Investigation mission, '" said Bernazzani.

It also marked the end of something of a Twitter hiatus for Trump, who is rarely shy from voicing his personal opinions on the social media platform. But Trump later contradicted that explanation, saying he'd made up his mind to fire Comey well before Rosenstein's recommendation arrived on his desk.

The pair of tweets on Thursday echoed advice Trump gave Wednesday afternoon to graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in which he urged the cadets never to give in and always to fight back. He was so valued that President Barack Obama asked him to stay on two years longer than his 10-year term.

But Graham said that Mueller's appointment now shifts the FBI probe into a higher gear, and is likely to hamper the House and Senate intelligence committees' investigations into Russian electoral interference.

The existence of a special counsel doesn't absolve those committees from pursuing their investigations, and we believe an independent commission could provide a complementary and more thorough accounting of what happened.

Despite initially opposing appointment of an independent counsel, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the development "helps assure people and the Justice Department that they're going to go do their jobs independently and thoroughly, which is what we've called for all along".

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Interest was hardly limited to the U.S. No less a commentator than Russia's Vladimir Putin called the dramatic charges swirling around Trump evidence of "political schizophrenia spreading in the U.S".

Publicly, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint Mueller has been met with praise in Congress across the political aisle.

"There is a prevailing sense that more Republicans will start to break if this continues", the second congressional aide said.

The president fired Comey as FBI director on May 9, then acknowledged that the Russian Federation investigation played a role in the dismissal. But he complained bitterly that about criticism of his still-young presidency. "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams". Adversity makes you stronger. The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked C.

Trump is still expected to hold a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Thursday, but sources say Trump will not answer questions about the special counsel.

On Capitol Hill, Comey was clearly the man in demand, with three committees working to seat him at their witness tables.

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah - who earlier today invited ousted FBI Director James Comey to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on issues related to the "FBI's independence" - lauded Mueller's "impeccable credentials" and said he "should be widely accepted". He can not take the place of a truly independent, outside commission that is completely free from the Trump Administration's meddling.

The appointment seemed meant to quell mounting questions about the Justice Department's ability to independently oversee the investigation.

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