Sen. Lindsey Graham: Russia Probe Looks Like 'Criminal Investigation'

Ruben Ruiz
May 19, 2017

"He learned the president's decision to fire him and then he wrote his memo with his rationale", Sen.

Rosenstein's memo, which said Comey improperly spoke publicly about an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, was initially cited as the reason President Donald Trump fired Comey last week.

The timeline was further muddled Thursday when Democrats emerged from a closed-door meeting with Rosenstein saying he knew Comey would be removed prior to writing the memo, even as Trump insisted again that he had gotten a "very, very strong recommendation from Rosenstein".

Daria Roithmayr, constitutional law expert, professor and chair of law at USC spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife.com about what this investigation means and if it could lead to the end of President Trump's run in the White House. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein made the appointment because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stepped aside from involvement in the case.

Trump then directed his ire at former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by the president last week.

And yet, on May 3, Comey himself told the Senate under oath that he had not been politically pressured to halt any investigation.

It was a day after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named a special counsel to look into Trump and Russian influence on the 2016 elections.

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Instead, his only clear takeaway was that he would prefer the answers he did get to be aired by Rosenstein in public before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

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Though many believe the special counsel will conduct a proper probe, some say there's still a need for more outside review. Warner of Virginia said Comey's testimony should come "sooner rather than later".

Asked about Graham's concerns that Comey or others may be less inclined to testify given Mueller's inquiry, Conaway was unfazed. The Justice Department on May 17, 2017, appointed Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

"Honor that decision, cooperate where it is appropriate, fight back where you have the legal ability to do so", Graham said.

Rosenstein has publicly denied being conscious of his reputation, telling a Baltimore business group this week: "I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States".

Thursday's meeting wasn't the first time Trump has privately addressed TV anchors and reporters. Lawmakers of both parties have praised Muller's integrity and the decision to make him special counsel. "Their's obviously is a different realm in the Justice Department, so I'm not concerned that it would impede", Rubio said.

For instance, McCaskill said that Senate and House investigators may not be able to offer immunity to some witnesses because it may interfere with Mueller's probe. "Consistent with the Committee's position since the beginning of or investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate", Burr spokeswoman Rebecca Glover said. Running on a pledge to tear apart Washington, Trump still depends on Obama administration holdovers and career government employees, many of whom oppose him. I think the people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be very, very thrilled.

But he drew headlines earlier in the week when he told Washington-based reporters that the spate of negative stories regarding Trump and intelligence had put the White House in a "downward spiral".

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