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The Trump-Russia probe is now investigating a possible cover-up

20 May 2017, 09:55 | Terri Saunders

'I wrote it. I believe it.

Rosenstein underscored that the memo he wrote was "not a legal brief" and was "not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination.[and] not a survey of FBI morale or performance" but instead "a candid internal memorandum about the FBI Director's public statements concerning a high-profile criminal investigation".

Former FBI officials who worked under Mr. Mueller say members of Congress may have to adjust their expectations when it comes to the matter of public disclosures about the status of the investigation as it's in Mr. Mueller's nature to keep information about an ongoing probe held close to the chest.

Trump also said Comey assured him on three occasions that he was not personally under investigation, including at a January dinner in which Trump reportedly asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him.

He went a bit into the dramatic events that led to Comey's ouster, and repeated his statement that he knew Comey was going to get fired before he wrote it.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said Rosenstein told the full Senate he was not pressured into writing the memo, but did so after learning of the president's decision to fire Comey.

Former FBI Director James Comey said in March that he was somewhat anxious about the prospect of Rod Rosenstein becoming deputy attorney general, according to a post published Thursday by Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The letter Rosenstein penned severely criticizing Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

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Then, days before the election, he told lawmakers the inquiry was gearing up again to look at Clinton emails that ended up on disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner's computer.

In that memo - which the White House initially used as the justification for Comey's firing, before Trump later admitted he had made up his mind well before that - Rosenstein outlined reasons why Comey should be terminated, namely his handling of the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server nearly a year ago.

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer told The Times.

"If I'm Bob Mueller, I'm looking at the Jim Comey memo as part of my investigation: Was there an attempt to obstruct?" On Wednesday, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to take over the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was part of the Trump campaign, recused himself from involvement after it became clear that he did not tell the entire truth during his confirmation hearing about his contacts with Russian Federation.

Mr. Rosenstein announced Wednesday the appointment of Mr. Mueller, who served as the Federal Bureau of Investigation director for 12 years, as special counsel in the probe. The career official had a reputation for integrity and bipartisan backing. Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Sen. Patrick Leahy: 'I'm willing to appoint a special counsel, Senator, whenever I determine that it's appropriate based upon the policies and procedures of the Justice Department'.

And The New York Times reported that the president had told Russian officials he felt the dismissal of his Federal Bureau of Investigation director had relieved "great pressure" on him.

Ultimately, he was confirmed by the Senate on a 95 to 6 vote on April 25.

President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats last week his firing of "nut job" James Comey had eased the pressure on him, even as the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation had moved into the White House, according to reports Friday that pursued the president as he began his maiden foreign trip. The White House has said the firing was unrelated to the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

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