"He did say that Comey was to be removed from office before he wrote his memo", said Sen.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the number-two Republican in the Senate and a member of its Intelligence committee, said after the briefing that he told Rosenstein he was anxious about the committees stepping on the FBI's toes.
The McCaskill-Durbin claims are significant because White House communications officials had originally said Trump fired Comey on the basis of Rosenstein's memo. The revelation that the decision was made prior to the memo, however, casts a suspicion over Trump's motives if the allegations of the "Comey Memo" that Trump told Comey he hoped he could "let it go" with regard to ousted National Security Advisor Michael Flynn prove true. Richard Burr said, "No, I see it as a very positive thing".
The Justice Department announced yesterday that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller has been given sweeping power to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, including potential links between Moscow and Trump campaign associates.
Appearing Wednesday on Special Report with Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer doesn't believe that Donald Trump can fire his way out of trouble on the Robert Mueller-led Russian Federation probe. "If I were Mr. Mueller, I would jealously guard the witness pool". Comey, for instance, has been invited to testify in front of several committees next week; if the special counsel's investigation does end up pursuing criminal charges, he and other figures may not be able to speak publicly. The White House tried to pass it off as being about a memo from Rosenstein. He also bemoaned the probe as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".
"Honor that decision, cooperate where it is appropriate, fight back where you have the legal ability to do so", Graham said. "If I were the president I would focus on defending the nation".
Trump's own timeline and rationale for firing Comey has repeatedly been amended by his administration.
On Wednesday, a deputy attorney general named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the Russian investigation. He did not offer any evidence of such acts in his reference to Democratic former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "I am on a fact-finding mission", he said on CNN.
USA senators of both political parties said Thursday that the public's window into federal probes involving Russian Federation and related matters could be constrained now that a special counsel has been appointed to lead the probe.
"That was a consistent statement of his throughout", Murphy said. "Zero", Trump said, adding, "My total priority, believe me, is the United States of America".
On Thursday, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., joined liberal Sen. I think it divides the country.
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