May 29, 2017

Trump tells Russians Comey was a 'nut job'

20 May 2017, 10:14 | Melvin Schneider

During Thursday's meeting, it led at least one senator to believe the probe has now turned into a criminal investigation. "So I can tell you that we want to bring this great country of ours together".

This really does raise many questions, the most obvious of which is whether Rosenstein knew that the memo he wrote, which primarily concerned Comey's actions in the Clinton email investigation, would be used to lie about the reason Trump was firing Comey.

The appointment of the special counsel indicates other believe that's still open to question.

He also has the unquestioned authority to call any and all members of Trump's staff to ask them about the administration's inner workings and to produce all relevant documents.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that the White House has cited as a justification for the firing last week of FBI Director James Comey. "Not completely, but pretty much", Graham said.

"I haven't seen any evidence of actual collusion".

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

Trump fired Comey last week, revealing in an interview with NBC that anger about the Russian Federation probe was one reason.

While Rosenstein said he "chose the issues to include in my memorandum" and believed it was time for new leadership at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he also said his memo was "not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination".

The justice department announced on Wednesday that Mr Mueller has been given sweeping powers to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, including potential links between Moscow and Trump campaign associates.

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On Thursday, after a briefing with Rosenstein on Capitol Hill, Sen.

Rosenstein, according to his a copy of his prepared remarks at a briefing before the US House of Representatives, said that he learned on May 8 that Trump meant to fire Comey and that Trump sought Rosenstein's "advice and input" that same day. He tweeted: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

The Wednesday evening letter from Rosenstein also heartened Leahy, who had, hours earlier, decried the handling of the investigation on the Senate floor, saying "at this critical time, it is not acceptable to remain on the sidelines".

The day after that seminar, on October 28, Comey disclosed to Congress that the bureau was continuing its investigation of Clinton's emails in light of new evidence.

During his late afternoon press conference in the White House he took a slightly more measured approach.

The session capped an extraordinary 10 days in the capital that began with Comey's abrupt dismissal May 9 and included an odd Oval Office meeting between Trump and two Russian officials, allegations that the president had shared sensitive officials with those officials and word that Comey had documented Trump's efforts to persuade him to drop the case against Flynn in private memos.

"Director Mueller is getting briefed right now and will become the smartest person in the room".

Trump had said Thursday he was "very close" to naming a replacement and that former Connecticut Sen. He said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader".

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favorable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well. The remarks were made shortly after the Senate met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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