The White House, however, said initially that it was Rosenstein’s memo on May 9 that led to Mr. Trump’s decision to fire Comey last week. Even as he erupted anew, fellow Republicans expressed hopes the move would restore some calm to a capital plunged into chaos.
He claimed that as Mr Trump fired Mr Comey while “acknowledging” the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election and possible contact with the Trump campaign.
The United States Justice Department, in the face of rising pressure from Capitol Hill, named former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) chief Robert Mueller on Wednesday as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
He added, “When I made that decision, I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about Director Comey”.
This is one of those stories that’ll be dismissed as “FAKE NEWS!” and then, if Trump actually does re-appoint Flynn to something, the spin will change instantly to “Awesome!”
He leapt to make the point again at a joint news conference with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, describing the development as a distraction. “I think we’ll have a more hard time getting information here for the intelligence committee”, Republican Senator Ron Johnson said.
“I’m fine with whatever people want to do”, he added. “But we have to go back to running this country really, really well”.
Rosenstein appointed ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to handle the entire Russian Federation investigation Wednesday and answered questions from senators on the decision to do so and the future of that investigation.
The appointment Wednesday comes amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation. Trump wrote on Thursday morning.
In less than two weeks, President Donald Trump has turned the most powerful position in the world into a buffet of scandals – of his own making.
“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”.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not refute the Times story but said it was Comey’s “grandstanding and politicizing” of the Russian Federation investigation that put pressure on the administration’s ability to engage Moscow.
The White House initially said last week that a letter Rosenstein wrote accusing Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, was what prompted Trump to fire Comey. Now Mueller will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges. And he’s urged not only his supporters, but also the FBI, to focus more on the leaks about the investigation that have deepened questions about possible Russian Federation connections.
Trott says Maryland Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings asked something like, “So you woke up one morning and made a decision to write a memo?”
“This was a very good first step”.
“They will govern with constant fear of bombshell news being around the corner”, said Julian Zelizer, a history professor at Princeton University. “I now have significantly greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead”. But yes, we work with the Department of Justice on all of our investigations. Afterward, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that “everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation”.