The appointment of Mueller as special counsel came as a welcome surprise to many, including Bernazzani, who used to work for him.
Senator Lindsey Graham said Thursday (18 May) that the federal probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election seems to be a criminal investigation. "The important part is the public perception of the Russian Federation investigation".
Much has changed since then. "The Justice Department is required to appoint an independent Special Prosecutor because it has proven itself to be really, sadly a political arm of the White House".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March after acknowledging undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, leaving the matter in Rosenstein's hands. Reports that Comey had written memos of his conversations with the president, including assertions that Trump has sought to tamp down the FBI's investigation emerged this week.
Calls for special investigator grew louder in recent weeks, following the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and revelations that President Trump may have attempted to stop the investigation. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said that Rosenstein knew before making his recommendation to Trump that the president would fire Comey. It may also be seen as an attempt to discredit the inquiry before it starts or to prejudge its results. "There is nothing in that oath about my reputation". "The American people need to hear his side of the story, so we're at it". "I said, 'There's no place I'd rather be'".
Yet there's no question that Comey's firing at least temporarily hobbled Rosenstein's public standing.
This week, the Trump-Russia controversy lurched from one bloody red story to a redder, bloodier one.
Ethics experts said they anticipate that the Justice Department will grant a waiver, noting that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein would have taken Mueller's past employer into consideration when selecting him. "Let the intel take you to the facts and the facts will take you to the truth".
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.
"If I were Mr. Mueller I would jealously guard the witness pool", Graham said. That appointment and Democratic pleas for more gave Republicans a fresh political talking point Thursday.
Zeidenberg was the assistant special counsel in the 2003 investigation into the leaking of the identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame, which ultimately lead to Vice President Dick Cheney's advisor Scooter Libby being convicted of obstruction of justice, among other counts. Mueller will have to answer to Rosenstein because the investigation has been classified as "special" and not "independent".
On Capitol Hill, Comey was clearly the man in demand, with three committees working to seat him at their witness tables. If they don't, Pilon added, Mueller "will not be inclined to make his findings public, as with any other investigation of a criminal sort".
There is some concern that the multiple investigations will create an overlap that could make the probe more hard for everyone, particularly the congressional committees.
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