Comments by Trump & Rosenstein Further Confuse Decision to Fire Comey

Angie Massey
May 19, 2017

Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin echoed McCaskill, saying Rosenstein told lawmakers that he knew of Trump's intent the day before he wrote a document that the White House initially said was the main reason Comey was dismissed.

Mueller will use FBI resources to conduct his investigation.

Following the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, few people have the perspective on the process about to unfold like Peter Zeidenberg.

Adding to the drama, Comey apparently kept exacting notes and memos describing his private meetings with Trump, evidence that could prove crucial if Mueller's investigation determines there was an effort by the White House - or Trump himself - to obstruct Comey's Russian Federation investigation. "I think at this point, we are 24-hours into him shifting the responsibility to Muller, and he is very comfortable allowing Mueller to take the investigation as far, as deep and as wide as necessary to discern all the information to draw a conclusion".

Congressional panels are seeking recordings, transcripts and memos, including the memo Comey is said to have written stating that Trump asked him in February to stop the investigation into the president's fired national security adviser, Mike Flynn.

'I think it's totally ridiculous.

"Well I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", he said, insisting there had been "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation.

"I'm fine with whatever people want to do", he added. "We can go back to dealing with legislative matters that affect the American people".

But said he respects the decision Wednesday (May 17) by his Justice Department to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel for a probe that has enveloped the White House in a political storm.

Graham also had some advice for Trump, who wrote on Twitter that the appointment of a special counsel amounted to a "witch hunt".

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Rosenstein, who was appointed US attorney by President George W. Bush and held the job for the entire Obama administration, didn't immediately embrace the idea of a special counsel while facing persistent questions from Democratic senators at his confirmation hearing.

Trump is leaving today for his first foreign trip, to the Mideast and beyond, which aides hope can have the effect of refocusing a White House in disarray.

The selection of Mueller, a taciturn former federal prosecutor who led the FBI through the September 11 attacks, received bipartisan embrace.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller in an order giving him broad authority to pursue the investigation into Russian meddling, including "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump". "It seems to me now to be considered a criminal investigation", he told reporters.

And they wanted the investigations already underway by the Intelligence committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate to keep going, a sentiment Republicans shared.

The House Intelligence Committee requested documents from the Justice Department and FBI about the bureau's investigation and any records related to Comey's dismissal.

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he is supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings.

Later, Mr Burr reversed himself, saying Mr Flynn's attorneys "have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the senate intelligence committee's subpoena", and that he would welcome "their willingness to cooperate".

Even Republicans who had said they were opposed to the creation of a new investigator signaled support of the move. Sen. It was not clear what caused the mix-up.

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