Rosenstein isn’t done talking about the Comey decision to Congress, as he’s scheduled to speak with the House of Representatives in another closed session on Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“The Congress has a very significant role, as does the special counsel”, said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. “It’s special”, Trump said. 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.
However, President Donald Trump is completely against the appointment of a special counsel.
Calls for a special investigation had mounted after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week.
But Rosenstein said a memo he wrote sharply criticizing Comey’s handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was a “candid internal memorandum” that wasn’t intended as “a statement of reasons to justify” the director’s dismissal.
In a joint press conference with Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos, President Trump said, “while I respect the move, the entire thing has been a witch hunt, I think it divides the country, I think we have a very divided country because of that and other things”. “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”. Another Republican congressman, Carlos Curbelo, said if any wrongdoing was uncovered, “Those people should be held accountable”.
Perhaps the most anticipated witness is former FBI Director Comey, who was sacked by Trump and reportedly wrote memos alleging the president pressured him to halt a probe of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. At this point, it’s far too early to tell what Mueller’s investigation will reveal (if anything at all), and if it will have any of the same consequences as previous special investigations. “I am on a fact-finding mission”, he said on CNN. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, after the briefing. “This won’t be a witch hunt”, he said on CNN.
“It’s clear he just wanted to defer to Mueller on everything tough”, said one Democratic lawmaker inside the room, who added that Rosenstein didn’t address most questions and described his demeanor as “frustratingly cautious”. He also defended his decision to fire former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey, saying it what because of his poor performance and popularity.