Senators Say Still Many Questions To Be Answered After Rosenstein Briefing

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement on Wednesday that the appointment "is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome" of the probe.

At a joint White House news conference with the President of Colombia, the President also had especially tough words for former Director James Comey, whom he fired just over a week ago, saying Comey was not the right person to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Adding further, Trump also noted "I actually thought when I made that decision... that it would be a bipartisan decision because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about Director Comey".

"Zero", Trump said, standing next to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who was meeting with Trump at the White House, prompting the presser.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham took it a step further, saying that the Justice Department's look into the Trump campaign's possible Russian Federation ties is "now considered a criminal investigation".

Swecker served as Assistant Director of the FBI Criminal Investigations Division under Mueller.

With nearly no warning, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday as special counsel in charge of the bureau'... "And I thought that was something that was awful".

"Great choice, best man at the best time, and nobody pushes him around", said Bernazzani. But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin told reporters that Rosenstein said explicitly that he knew Comey was going to be fired the day before he wrote the memo.

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"This is the single greatest witch-hunt of a politician in American history!" he said on his Twitter account.

Asked if he had done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Mr Trump said "no" and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous".

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel came as a welcome surprise to many, including Bernazzani, who used to work for him.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former CT attorney general, told reporters, "The special prosecutor is doing an investigation of criminal allegations that are extremely serious, including possible obstruction of justice". By afternoon, however, Graham uttered an interesting shift in thinking to the press, as evidenced at the end of the above CNN clip: "It seems to me now to be considered a criminal investigation". However, US media reported that a top Republican on that panel said it had been advised that Mr Flynn would not honour a subpoena to appear before the committee for questioning.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama administration, there was never a special counsel appointed" he said, having misspelled counsel in a previous tweet which was quickly deleted.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-South Carolina, said Rosenstein's briefing left him with the impression that Mueller's investigation would be criminal in nature. Sen. "No one is going to influence this investigation, he has nothing to prove", he said.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC told reporters that it appears the FBI investigation is turning into a criminal investigation rather than a counterintelligence probe.

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