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Graham: Russia probe seems to be 'criminal investigation'

19 Mai 2017

Claire McCaskill said deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew President Donald Trump was going to fire FBI Director James Comey before he wrote a memo recommending Trump do that. "This is the single greatest witch-hunt of a politician in American history!"

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", Trump said Thursday at a White House news conference. The White House counsel's office was alerted only after the order appointing Mr Mueller was signed, according to a senior White House official.

"There's, frankly, no need for a special prosecutor. We've discussed this before", Spicer said.

-The Senate intelligence committee invited Comey to appear in both open and closed sessions. The FBI is conducting their own review.

But with the appointment on Wednesday evening of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, GOP members found a safety net and now want to shift attention back to their attempts to overhaul both the us health care system and tax code. Tim Scott told reporters.

"We don't want to do anything to get in the way", said Texas Republican John Cornyn, who serves as majority whip.

A new deputy attorney general could then fire Mueller or scuttle the investigation.

He also said he thought that Comey's firing would be bipartisan. He is a key figure in the Trump-Russia investigation.

Meanwhile, US senator Richard Burr, who chairs the intelligence committee, created confusion on Capitol Hill by saying that a lawyer for Mr Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had told the panel Mr Flynn would not be complying with the panel's subpoena for documents.

"You look at our job numbers".

To "keep Trump from hurting himself any further", you'd have to basically lock him in a windowless room with no internet access.

"The problem with this whole process is the public doesn't find out what the heck is going on and whether our election was hacked", Zeidenberg said.

"I think the people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be very, very, very, very thrilled", he said. "Let's let this play out the way it should".

Rosenstein also restores some confidence in a justice system that has been much abused by Trump's assaults on "so-called" judges. "I think we've finally reached that point where, if the Justice Department hadn't done anything, it would certainly pose more questions than anything else". "There are two committees that are now doing that".

Sanders also suggested that a Russian Federation probe is not something "that the American people care about". Santos said he thinks collaboration among countries is the best way to fight drug trafficking. Just a few months into his presidency, Trump has already amassed a collection of scandals and failures that most presidents take years to acquire.

Booker said he believes Rosenstein was likely vague on some of his answers because "he felt constrained by the integrity of investigation not to answer all of our questions". In the memo Rosenstein criticized Comey's handling of the high-profile Hillary Clinton email investigation and Comey's decision not to recommend charges in the case.

To emphasize the independence of his decision, Rosenstein did not notify White House counsel Donald McGahn of the appointment until 5:30 p.m., the same time Justice Department officials were briefing reporters and 30 minutes before the news became public.

During the second presidential debate on October 9, Trump said to Clinton, "I hate to say it but, if I win, I am going to instruct my Attorney General to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation".

Graham: Russia probe seems to be 'criminal investigation'