Former N.O. Federal Bureau of Investigation chief calls new special counsel a good choice

Cesar Mills
May 21, 2017

-The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the agency's Russian Federation investigation adds a measure of integrity and calm during a time of tumult in Washington.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the appointment was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead".

Graham added that Congress will now have "severely limited" ability to conduct any investigation, and seemed to suggest that some of his colleagues on the Hill who banged the drum for a special counsel didn't fully grasp the ramifications. "And that's probably the way it should be".

Trump said Thursday he thought firing Comey would be a popular decision because he'd been criticised by Democrats and Republicans alike for his handling of an investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

Even if Trump turns things around and becomes a more popular, accepted president, it has to be comforting to markets to know that the sober-minded Indianian is waiting in the bull pen just in case things don't turn out so well.

Asked whether he urged Comey to ease up on the Flynn investigation, Trump said at a news conference, "No, no", before ordering the media to move on to the "next question".

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee, committee leaders announced Friday.

Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said that Rosenstein knew before making his recommendation to Trump that the president would fire Comey. "We want to bring this great country of ours together".

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"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!"

"I$3 n order to have full confidence in the investigation, we need an independent commission that can not be dismissed by the President", she says in a statement.

In an interview with NBC two days after the May 9 Comey dismissal, Trump said he had been planning to fire Comey for months, and linked it with the FBI's Russian Federation probe, saying, "In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".

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. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already chose to dismiss Comey.

Trump fired Comey, who was leading the Justice Department's Russian Federation inquiry, last week.

Rosenstein was at the Capitol on Thursday afternoon to brief the entire Senate in a closed session about the status of the Russian Federation investigation and about his role in the president's abrupt dismissal of Comey as FBI chief last week.

Rosenstein may have blunted some of the criticism of his actions in the past week with his announcement Wednesday that he had appointed a special counsel. Cardin said many Democrats agree with Rosenstein's findings - many had criticized Comey's decision to insert the Federal Bureau of Investigation into last year's election - but they continue to have questions about the timing of the memo. Some Democrats grew impatient with Rosenstein, arguing that he needed to appoint a special prosecutor or step down from the job he has occupied only since the end of April.

Senators also asked Rosenstein about the administration's decision to fire Comey. Rosenstein said the appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

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