US Justice Department’s special counsel probe of Russian Federation

The date of the hearing has not yet been set.

“I have the highest regard for (Mueller’s) integrity and intelligence”, U.S. Sen. Trump’s alleged pressure on Comey – denied by the White House – has exposed the president to accusations of obstructing justice.

So far, President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, have been the public centers of the investigation.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go”, the president told Comey, according to the memo.

Which means that Mueller could very well find a bunch of fishy or wildly inappropriate stuff that Trump or his campaign team did, but if none of those things were actually illegal – or if Mueller doesn’t think that he has enough evidence to bring the case to federal court – the public might never hear about any of the stuff he found.

In March, for example, the White House disclosed that Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior adviser, Jared Kushner, met executives of Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank, or VEB, in December.

Mueller’s appointment comes after the administration was rocked by reports that Trump asked Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey to drop an investigation of Mike Flynn, who resigned amid allegations of contacts with Russian Federation.

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mr Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Mr Trump’s Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor.

She says it’s a “ridiculous statement” for Trump to make and results in “elevating the Russians as his confidante at the expense of our Justice system in our country”. Neither is a part of the current administration.

Shortly after the New York Times reported was published, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, asked the head of the committee, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, to request the document mentioned in the story.

The NY Times cited a document read to the paper by an American official.

In the job, Mueller will have all the same powers as a USA attorney, though he will still ultimately report to Rosenstein.

“I now have significantly greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead”, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. 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.

The president did not announce his pick for Federal Bureau of Investigation director before leaving Friday on his first foreign trip.

Trump boarded Air Force One Friday without making any comment about the future leadership of the law enforcement agency.

A senior administration official said former Democratic vice presidential candidate and Senator Joe Lieberman, one of those interviewed by Trump, was among the leading candidates.

He’d previously said he might announce his nominee before he left.

Mr Mueller was appointed Wednesday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had faced criticism as the author of a memo that preceded Mr Comey’s firing. Rosenstein’s ascension was not officially formalized in the Senate until months after Trump’s nomination. “The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it”. His lawyer said on Thursday that Flynn had not yet decided how to respond. Manafort is Trump’s former campaign chairman, and has been an important focus of the USA investigation of Trump’s associates and Russian Federation.

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