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Trump says appointment of special counsel 'hurts our country terribly'

19 Mai 2017

"I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability", Mueller said in a statement. While Trump can not impede the investigation by firing Mueller - as he did to FBI Director James Comey - he does have the power to fire DOJ employee Rosenstein. "When I made that decision I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such bad thing about Director Comey".

President Donald Trump has categorically denied he asked then-FBI director James Comey to drop his investigation into Russia's alleged involvement in the Trump presidential election campaign.

Reporters pressed the Colombian president to comment on Trump's "America First" policy and the proposed southern border wall, but Santos sidestepped controversy by praising cooperation with the U.S. in ending the decades-long conflict in his country.

The Wednesday decision to name former FBI Director Robert Mueller, an apolitical outsider, to oversee the case seemed meant to restore public faith in an independent Justice Department following a series of headache-inducing headlines.

Asked about the early morning tweet, Sen.

"I always believed that a counterintelligence investigation would not need a special prosecutor".

It marks at least the third time in just over a week that Trump has either contradicted or muddled a statement from his White House.

The series of bombshell allegations has left Trump aides dazed and wondering about the future of his young presidency. In a briefing with reporters, Trump said the appointment "hurts our country terribly". A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offence that could be used in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

Trump's early morning tweet storm comes day after his Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the the agency's Russian Federation investigation, a decision the president appeared to accept after it was announced.

During the press conference Thursday afternoon, Trump also categorically denied media reports he asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, whose business ties to Russian Federation have come under close scrutiny since Trump fired Flynn only weeks into his administration.

The White House disputed Comey's account of the February conversation concerning Flynn, but did not offer specifics.

Rosenstein's decision to appoint Mueller as special counsel could impede the congressional probes, senators said.

"I think it divides the country", he told a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

The Justice Department said Mueller has resigned from his job at a private law firm, WilmerHale, to take the job.

Another partner, Reginald Brown, is representing Paul Manafort.

Trump cited displeasure with the FBI's Russian Federation probe as a factor in dismissing Comey.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. He will request a budget that includes personnel.

Politicians from both parties cheered the move, saying Mueller can restore confidence in the investigation, whatever the findings.

That investigation included hundreds of interviews and a restaging of the final hours of the 51-day standoff with federal agents. "The important ongoing bipartisan investigation in the House will also continue".

Trump says appointment of special counsel 'hurts our country terribly'