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Senators: Deputy AG knew of Comey firing before writing memo

19 Mai 2017

"Appointing a special counsel is not sufficient, Zeidenberg says".

In a statement Wednesday, Trump said that "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

The remarks echo sentiments conveyed by Trump in a pair of tweets Thursday morning.

Also via Twitter, Trump accused former president Barack Obama and his 2016 rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, of unspecified "illegal acts".

However, he quickly changed his tune, tweeting on Thursday morning that the ongoing investigation amounts to "the single greatest witch hunt" in USA history.

The comment did not sit well with Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal.

He said it "shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not unified country" and is "a very, very negative thing". "There has been no collusion", Trump said. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said that Rosenstein knew before making his recommendation to Trump that the president would fire Comey. But Mr Trump's claim ignored impeachment efforts and blistering verbal attacks on previous presidents and other political leaders.

Mr. Trump said Comey's most recent testimony before Congress on May 3 was a "poor, poor performance", which he said directly led to the Deputy Attorney General writing a letter that raised questions about Comey's job performance. Mueller, who is well-regarded by both parties, was a name welcomed by Democrats and by some Republicans, as well. "You have two Senate committees that are looking into this".

When asked about whether he pushed Comey, the man he fired earlier in the month, to end the Russian Federation investigation, Trump was firm and quick to reply: "No, no". "We want to be careful we don't interfere with any criminal investigations", McCaskill said. Assuming he is given true independence, this appointment will remove some of the clouds that have hung over our system of justice during this deeply troubling situation.

Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation, but he seems to be continuing to devolve on Twitter since Mueller's selection was announced.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Trump asked Comey to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a request documented in a memo written by the former FBI director.

Nehrona said he understands why the Department of Justice felt that an independent counsel was needed to lead the investigation. He was sacked as national security adviser in February after it emerged he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations with Russia's ambassador to Washington in December.

Later in the day, he told ABC News' David Muir it "hurts our country terribly" while at a press conference with the Colombian president, he said "I respect the move". "As to Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation coming before the committee, if I were Mueller I would jealously guard the witness pool".

Senators: Deputy AG knew of Comey firing before writing memo