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20 May 2017, 08:59 | Terri Saunders
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All that doesn't provide Mr. Mueller with quite the unfettered license that the independent counsels did in the Iran-Contra and Whitewater investigations - those were authorized under a post-Watergate law that Congress allowed to expire - but Mr. Rosenstein's letter announcing the appointment should provide him with the authority he needs to investigate both any illegal conduct during the campaign and any subsequent attempts to obstruct justice. "[Rosenstein] knew Comey was going to be removed prior to writing his memo", McCaskill said.
Democrats have argued that these are, indeed, "extraordinary circumstances" - and on Wednesday, Rosenstein signaled that he seemed to agree.
This is odd, given that a special prosecutor is typically reserved for when a crime has been alleged, and not only has no serious penal-law violation been credibly alleged against Donald Trump or any of his associates, but, as we have repeatedly noted, the FBI was engaged in a counterintelligence, not a criminal, investigation as it relates to Russian Federation.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee looking into the Russian election interference efforts, has been among the senators seeking testimony from former FBI Director James B. Comey in the aftermath of his firing by President Donald Trump.
"I thought it [Comey firing] would be a bipartisan decision", Trump said, citing Democrats who had called for his ousting. "So one of the big losers in this decision is the public", because fewer people would be likely to testify in open congressional hearings. "We're going to have a director that's going to be outstanding".
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DemocratSen. The second-longest-serving FBI director (behind J. Edgar Hoover), Mueller garnered respect from Republicans and Democrats during his tenure leading the Bureau; his ten-year term, which began in 2001 under George W. Bush, was renewed by President Obama in 2011.
"As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. The scope of the investigation is still the same".
At the center of the political firestorm are Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn and his one-time campaign manager Paul Manafort, and their multiple undisclosed contacts with Russian officials during and after the vote. But we want to see where the facts lead.
Trump has denied the conversation took place. Let's even accept that the shifting explanations for each new revelation represent genuine confusion in a new administration and not clumsy collusion.
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