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Last U.S. President To Get Special Counsel

19 May 2017, 11:20 | Jan Cross

"I think that's an open question", said Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE when asked whether Comey would appear before Congress, adding that it remained to be seen "how ongoing congressional investigations will be coordinated with the special counsel". Dick Durbin, D-Ill., a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, one of four congressional panels now exploring ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump is leaving today for his first foreign trip, to the Mideast and beyond, which aides hope can have the effect of refocusing a White House in disarray.

They claim, though, that their motives are not political.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump said no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly" than himself.

The deputy attorney general's memo Wednesday night announcing that he had appointed Robert Mueller as special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation was pitch ideal in its simple justification: While he has not determined that any crime has been committed, he wrote that "based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command". Sessions did announce in March that he would recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

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. He also mentioned how the Clinton and Obama administration had committed illegal acts but no "special counsel was appointed".

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, concurred.

"Mueller's in charge, completely in charge of this investigation", said Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of IL.

Chances that such a commission, or a special committee, will be created have dimmed enormously thanks to the Mueller appointment.

"Some people don't want the story to die, right?"

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This could potentially delay or defer the investigations that five different Senate and House committees are pursuing. He said he respected the special counsel appointment but also said it "hurts our country terribly".

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"There should be no concern with that", said Sen.

But, he added, "I'm satisfied that Bob Mueller can follow the evidence wherever it leads".

For now at least, the Russian Federation probes are the purview of Mueller and the congressional Intelligence committees.

The House intelligence committee announced that it had asked for documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department. "I am on a fact-finding mission", he said on CNN.

The question over the need for a special prosecutor consumed Washington this week - along with other Trump-related scandals - even as congressional leaders tried to shift reporters' focus to other matters such as healthcare.

"The Congressional efforts that Chairman Burr and I are leading, we're going to redouble our efforts because we still have to get our job done as well", said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. "You couldn't have picked a better man to do the job". Mueller now must sort through all this political noise and determine, what, if anything, rises to a prosecutable offense. They tend to spend a tremendous amount of money on drawn out investigations that most often have netted small fish. The excess profits from the weapons, in turn, were diverted by the administration to help fund "Contras" who were fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor.

Cornyn and other members on the Senate Intelligence committee agreed that congressional committees shouldn't hit the brakes on their investigations; rather, they should take steps to make sure they don't interfere with the FBI's probe.

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

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