The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the federal government’s Russian Federation investigation has dramatically raised the legal and political stakes and put Trump’s young presidency in risky territory just four months after he was sworn into office.
This later turned into an investigation into Mr Clinton’s denial of an affair with White House aide Monica Lewinsky.
Asked point-blank if he’d done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, he said no and then added concerning the allegations and questions that have mounted as he nears the four-month mark of his presidency: “I think it’s totally ridiculous”.
Donald Trump has insisted that investigations into any links between Russian Federation and his election campaign will confirm “there was no collusion”.
“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity”.
Originally, the Trump White House claimed that Comey was sacked based on a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Sen.
The heads of three congressional committees have demanded copies of all memos Comey wrote about his interactions with Trump, and asked Comey to testify publicly about their dealings, too, making the need for outside counsel more critical.
“During his service as FBI Director for both President Bush and President Obama, Robert Mueller earned a reputation for independence and integrity, which are exactly the qualities needed to pursue the Russian Federation investigation to its conclusion. This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!“.
As CNN notes, Mueller will now have the power to subpoena documents and interview the president as he moves forward with the investigation. “He’s barely been on the job, hasn’t met many of his senior executives” and suddenly is faced with “the “oh, crap” moments”, Cummings said further. “But now, with Mueller being chosen and the GOP backing the Justice Department decision, Trump is truly going to be held to the standards of justice”.
“I think it in one sense it is bad news for Trump and it is good news for people who want a robust investigation because Mueller is definitely a straight shooter and he has a good reputation as an FBI director”, said Jens David Ohlin, a Cornell University law professor.
Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks with reporters following a closed-door briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Capitol Hill on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Still, he is not subject to the day-to-day supervision of the Justice Department.
The move caps months of calls for a special counsel to launch an investigation, calls that were heavily pushed by Democrats who argue that Trump’s election previous year was the result of Russian hacking.
Former top Federal Bureau of Investigation official Richard McFeely would also be interviewed, the AP reported.
In practice, however, independent counsels have historically had broad independence in their investigations against presidents, and have historically used that independence to take investigations beyond their initial focus, as with the prosecutors investigating Whitewater during the Clinton Administration ultimately transitioning to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.