Did he urge Comey at a February meeting to drop his probe of the Russian Federation connections of Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn? Tim Scott, R-S.C. “I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important”.
The New York Times said in a Thursday report that the new Trump administration named Flynn as national security adviser even though Flynn told the president-elect’s transition team weeks before the January 20 inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working during the presidential campaign as a paid lobbyist for Turkish interests in the United States. “I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country”, CNN quotes Trump as saying during a luncheon with TV news anchors.
His request came in response to media reports disclosing the existence of a memo written by Mr Comey, whom Mr Trump fired last week, alleging that Mr Trump asked him to end the Flynn investigation during a meeting at the White House in February. “But we have to go back to running this country really, really well”.
The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation.
But he expressed more resentment Thursday in his tweets.
“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”
U.S. President Donald Trump is unlikely to be impeached anytime soon, but the current political turmoil will derail his pro-growth agenda, Nomura said in a research note Wednesday.
“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!” he added later, without providing examples.
Trump is leaving Friday for his first foreign trip, to the Mideast and beyond, which aides hope can have the effect of refocusing a White House in disarray. Now Mueller will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges.
Republicans have largely stood behind Trump in the first months of his presidency as the FBI and congressional investigations into Russia’s election meddling intensified.
Elsewhere, senators held a closed-door briefing with Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, after which Sen.
“This was a very good first step”.
“On a day when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, they have”, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday.
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”.
But the committee’s Thursday statement suggests that Mueller’s appointment will do little to cool the demand on Capitol Hill for both the memos and a testimony from Comey about his dismissal.
The House intelligence committee announced that it had asked for documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.
“There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date”, he said.
Trump fired Flynn in February from the key White House posting after routine US eavesdropping on foreign officials showed he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to Washington in the weeks before Trump assumed power in late January. Flynn, through his lawyer, had earlier asked for immunity from “unfair prosecution” in exchange for agreeing to cooperate with the committee.