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Trump Election: Former FBI Boss To Lead Russia Inquiry

20 May 2017, 05:49 | Terri Saunders

The closed-door meeting -- proposed by Democratic leader Chuck Schumer last week after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey - -will give all senators a chance to question the man who chose Robert Mueller to run the investigation. "Congressman Cheney believes President Trump was right to seek a replacement and hopes the Administration moves quickly to appoint a new Director". "Zero", he told the news conference, standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Cleaver said Rosenstein told House members " this is not a partisan investigation, this is about Russian Federation involvement in our democracy".

Comey will certainly be asked about encounters that precipitated his firing, including a January dinner in which, Comey has told associates, Trump asked for his loyalty.

Yet a special counsel appointment increasingly seemed the only viable option, particularly following this week's revelation that Comey took notes on a February meeting with Trump in which he said the president had asked him to shut down an investigation into Michael Flynn, the administration's former national security adviser. 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.

Q. Could Trump fire Mueller? That includes any links between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation, as well as "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation", according to the letter appointing him. "You've got the talking heads pontificating about someone I know well, when they don't know him at all and they don't have all the facts".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the president's rhetoric part of his deal-making.

Unlike his unusually candid predecessor Comey, Mueller is a notoriously tight-lipped investigator. "The investigation would have always continued, and obviously the termination of Comey would not have ended it". However the White House said there would be no announcement Friday.

Among Trump's senior White House advisers are several former campaign officials, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen.

"It is hard to see a friend of yours being in the middle of that", said Jan Paul Miller, a St. Louis attorney who worked with Rosenstein when they were both assistant US attorneys in Maryland.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller after a succession of jarring developments that brought to a boil questions over Russia's alleged meddling in the election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

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Last Tuesday administration officials scrambled to explain Comey's firing.

Rosenstein faced questions from senators Thursday, and Democrats emerged from the meeting saying he knew Comey would be removed prior to writing the memo. "And I think this shows a very divided country", Trump said.

The Justice Department on Friday released the text of Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill.

Trump has said he plans to nominate a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director soon, and that had been expected before his departure.

The appointment won Rosenstein wide praise from Republicans and Democrats.

Washington lawmakers from both parties have expressed confidence in Mueller.

"There was considerable frustration in the room", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the Armed Services Committee.

Chemerinsky and Freedman are correct that a new special prosecutor statute that protected the post from politically motivated removal would be much better than what we now have, although the politicization of the courts has made such protection somewhat illusory. Trump has insisted at times that the decision was his alone, but he also has pointed to the "very strong" recommendation from Rosenstein. "My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination".

Rosenstein has publicly denied being conscious about his reputation, telling a Baltimore business group this week: "I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. I believe it. I stand by it". Rosenstein denounced that decision as "profoundly wrong and unfair".

Trump wrote, misspelling the word counsel as he referred to Democratic former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton."This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" added Trump, who said in a speech on Wednesday that "no politician in history" had been treated worse or more unfairly than he has.Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar responded, "This is a truth hunt."U.S. stocks rose as upbeat economic data emboldened investors to return to the market on Thursday, a day after Wall Street saw its worst selloff in eight months on worries that the political turmoil could sideline Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favoring economic growth".



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