May 27, 2017

President Trump faces reporters with many questions

19 May 2017, 07:48 | Winston Chapman

Initially, the White House claimed that Trump was simply following the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein.

Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein faced questions yesterday by U.S. senators desperate for details about his appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between President Donald Trump's associates and Russian Federation.

"It's clear he just wanted to defer to Mueller on everything tough", said one Democratic lawmaker inside the room, who added that Rosenstein didn't address most questions and described his demeanor as "frustratingly cautious". "And numerous questions he declined to answer came down to his concern of whether he might interfere with the investigation by Robert Mueller".

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said he has "full confidence" in Mueller.

He said, "no, no", before quickly asking for another question - here's his comment on the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives still have committees conducting their own probes into whether Trump campaign advisers conspired with Russian operatives to influence the 2016 USA presidential election.

"There's only so much firing you can do", Krauthammer said.

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"We don't want to do anything to get in the way, but it seems to me with all of the various oversight investigations occurring [.] that that is a trainwreck waiting to happen", he said.

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. That's something that, perhaps inadvertently, Graham nodded to.

"We have been so proud for centuries here to have free elections, fair elections, not influenced by foreign countries, not influenced by foreign powers, what this is really about is protecting that democracy", Klobuchar said.

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. "That is a train wreck waiting to happen".

Democrats disagree. Virginia Sen. Democrat Claire McCaskill corroborated Rosenstein's remarks. "The scope of the investigation is still the same". But several changed their mind after The New York Times reported that the President asked Mr Comey to drop an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, according to a memo reportedly written by Mr Comey.

Trump has denied the conversation took place.

Congressional leaders have emphasized that House and Senate investigations will continue irregardless of other investigations. Sen.

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