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20 May 2017, 09:19 | Terri Saunders
President Donald Trump on Thursday said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation - while adding the caveat that he can speak only for himself - and denied ever asking FBI Director James Comey to back off his agency's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Rosenstein's order came a week after he played a key role in Trump's firing of Comey, who had overseen the FBI's Russian Federation investigation since last July.
Trump responded by once again denying any links to Moscow, but the appointment of a special counsel with sweeping powers dramatically raises the stakes in a crisis threatening to paralyse his presidency.
During Thursday's news conference, Trump contradicted both his own account and that of Rosenstein.
The White House on Tuesday sought to tamp down the controversy with national security adviser HR McMaster telling reporters that what the president shared with the Russian officials "was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged". "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" The U.S. Department of Justice announced it has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to head the investigation.
Senators said that Rosenstein steered clear of specifics while making clear that Mueller has wide latitude to pursue the investigation wherever it leads, including potentially criminal charges.
"I think that it's nearly surprising that a similar move wasn't made earlier", Hurl said.
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Sharapova won the next two games and although McHale broke back to make it 5-2, Sharapova took the next game to clinch victory. McHale seized on her opponent's wayward start and forged ahead against the serve when Sharapova sent a forehand long.
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In yesterday's Madrid action, Murray secured his place in the third round with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Marius Copil . The Australian held on in the eighth game, but the hometown hero took the first set 6-3.
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Those sentiments were jarring to me because I grew up admiring and respecting the Daily News, the Journal and other newspapers. O'Reilly's firing last month was the most damaging; he'd been the network's top-rated personality for most of its existence.
The deputy attorney general penned a memo criticising Comey's handling of the probe into Trump's defeated rival Hillary Clinton's emails, which provided the White House with the rationale for firing him - and raised questions about Rosenstein's ability to remain politically independent.
He offered new justifications for his decision Thursday, even while referring to the Rosenstein memo as "a very, very strong recommendation". "The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it". "And then on top of that, after the Wednesday performance by Director Comey, you had a person come and have to readjust the record, which many people have never seen before, because there were misstatements made".
"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said.
Considering the unique circumstances of this matter, Rosenstsein said a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome.
The conversation happened on May 10, a day after Trump fired Comey, who had been overseeing the FBI's investigation into whether Trump campaign operatives colluded with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
He finally fired Comey last week, in a move legal experts say could become the basis for an obstruction of justice investigation against the beleaguered American president.
The House intelligence committee announced that it had asked for documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department. "I hope that we don't inadvertently trip up or damage the independent investigation of the special counsel", he said.
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Abbas, on the other hand, condemned terrorism and said he has agreed with United States to end conflict with Israel. Abbas said Palestine appreciated the solidarity India extends to its cause.
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Also on Friday, a auto bomb south of Benghazi killed a prominent tribal leader linked to the LNA along with five other people. The UN envoy to Libya earlier on Friday voiced alarm at reports of the attack on the base, 650 kilometres south of Tripoli .
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Assistant will also recognize tickets, music, calendar appointments, and you have the ability to add the details to your calendar. The really smart innovation here is that if your partner or housemate says "call mum", it'll call theirs, rather than yours.