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20 May 2017, 05:55 | Terri Saunders
DOJ taps former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for Russia investigation
Rosenstein gave a classified briefing for the full Senate in private on Thursday afternoon more than a week after Trump fired Comey and a day after he appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for all things related to Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.
During a briefing on Thursday with Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, several senators on the Judiciary and Intelligence committees "raised concerns about access to information and processes that would be put in place for them to expeditiously get that information", said Senator Jeff Merkley.
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.
But other lawmakers leading committee probes contended that Mr Mueller's appointment would do nothing to affect the scope of their investigations.
White House officials such press secretary Sean Spicer had said as recently as Tuesday there was no need for a special counsel. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today". Trump has insisted at times that the decision was his alone, but he also has pointed to the "very strong" recommendation from Rosenstein.
Staffers described President Donald Trump as "measured" when he found out former FBI Director Robert Muelller had been appointed as a special counsel to look into possible Trump campaign ties with Russian Federation. "A special prosecutor is supposed to investigate a crime and most of the things that have been leveled at the Trump administration are not criminal acts".
Trump categorically denied he asked Comey to drop his probe of Flynn, whom he fired on February 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence, about the extent of his conversations previous year with Russia's ambassador.
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At this point, however, Scalise affirms that the House intelligence committee will continue doing what it's been doing. His argument: Congressional interviews and hearings could inadvertently harm or complicate the criminal investigation.
"I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability", Mueller said in a statement.
USA 1st Dist. Rep. Rod Blum, reacted to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election by defending Republican President Donald Trump and criticizing Democrats, the "mainstream media", and even his own party, for their role in hindering Trump's agenda. But he made clear it was not his intention for Trump or other White House officials to use the document to justify firing Comey, which is what they have done.
Trump has said he plans to nominate a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director soon, but there was no announcement Friday.
Asked about possible obstruction of justice, Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters the special counsel would "follow the facts where ever they may lead" and that "it is premature to prejudge anything at this point".
Some senators were frustrated at the briefing because Rosenstein did not want to answer all their questions, Durbin said.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, said Rosenstein was asked about the timeline of Comey's firing and essentially replied, "Let the record speak for itself". "I believe it. I stand by it". Rosenstein denounced that as "profoundly wrong and unfair". It was exercised only once before, in 1999, when then-Attorney General appointed Former Missouri Sen Jack Danforth investigation into FBI handling of government raid on Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas.
Asked if he thought he had done anything to warrant criminal charges or impeachment as some on the left have demanded, the Republican president replied: "I think it's totally ridiculous".
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