US senators probe Donald Trump official on special counsel, FBI firing

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

Comey's firing was one in a series of jarring developments that culminated on Wednesday in the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. "And I think this shows a very divided country", Trump added.

The news that Rosenstein knew about Comey's firing before he wrote the memo could make the deputy attorney general a witness in Mueller's investigation, the Times noted. Trump muddled the waters further on Thursday, when he again cited Rosenstein's memo as one of the reasons he fired Comey.

"I think that both the House and the Senate have looked at it. ... the intelligence community has looked at it, as well", Spicer said. It later emerged that Comey made note of Trump's request in a memo that was saved.

The White House has disputed Comey's account of his February conversation with Trump concerning Flynn but has not offered specifics.

President Donald Trump, striking a defiant tone on Thursday after days of political tumult, denied colluding with Russian Federation during his 2016 campaign or asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into his former national security adviser.

"The entire thing has been a witch hunt", he declared, echoing one of the tweets he'd sent out just after dawn: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!".

We join the chorus of Republicans and Democrats in Congress who have praised Mueller's return to public service in this investigation to determine the facts of the case and restore confidence that foreign adversaries are not impacting our most-precious rights of free and fair elections.

The Justice Department announced yesterday that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller has been given sweeping power to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, including potential links between Moscow and Trump campaign associates.

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Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Thursday that the agency will conduct a background investigation and detailed review of conflict-of-interest issues, a process outlined in the regulation governing special counsels under which he was appointed. The Mueller appointment, at least, gives the Trump White House a chance to compartmentalize the scandals. "We didn't really get good answers on that".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller III, a former FBI director, to serve as special counsel overseeing the investigation of alleged ties between Russian officials and President Trump's campaign.

Bruce Berman, WilmerHale's general counsel, said that Mueller had no involvement in the representation of Manafort, Kushner or Trump, or any client in connection with any Russia-related inquiry. Acting FBI Director Andrew G. McCabe, a Democrat himself, testified to a congressional committee last week, after Comey was sacked, that the FBI had sufficient resources to continue its investigation.

"That was a poor, poor performance".

"And then on top of that, after the Wednesday performance by Director Comey, you had a person come and have to readjust the record, which many people have never seen before, because there were misstatements made".

A number of lawmakers exited the meeting stressing that Mueller's probe, while appropriately diving in to all possible Trump-Russia ties, may make it more hard for current congressional investigations to access vital intelligence.

Rosenstein said the Mueller appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome". The unusual gathering - which lawmakers described as sober, if not particularly revealing - was scheduled before Rosenstein allayed much of their concerns by naming former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel.

Congressional leaders have emphasized that House and Senate investigations will continue irregardless of other investigations. Sen. "I hope that we don't inadvertently trip up or damage the independent investigation of the special counsel", he said.

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