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Trump slams Comey, once more dismisses Russian Federation probe as "witch hunt"

19 Mai 2017

The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Orleans is praising the selection of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged ties between the Trump administration and Russian Federation.

Because it was a closed briefing, it's unclear exactly how Rosenstein described how he knew Trump would fire Comey.

The president said Wednesday in a written statement that he did not attempt to waive Comey off of Flynn, his fired national security adviser who took money from the Russian Federation and Turkey that he did not report to the USA government.

Following the firing, news reports said Comey had detailed notes that showed Trump wanted the portion of the investigation that involved Flynn shut down.

Rosenstein wrote the memo on May 9.

"This shuts the whole thing down", said one Republican source, speaking on Congressional efforts to investigate Comey's discussions with Trump. The White House cited a letter from Rosenstein to the president advocating for Comey's dismissal over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

The briefing was scheduled before Rosenstein signed an order Wednesday naming Mueller to take over an expanding counterintelligence investigation that has roiled Washington for weeks and could lead into the White House, and potentially to criminal charges.

Adding to the drama, Comey apparently kept exacting notes and memos describing his private meetings with Trump, evidence that could prove crucial if Mueller's investigation determines there was an effort by the White House - or Trump himself - to obstruct Comey's Russian Federation investigation.

The White House has defended its actions, and continues to deny any collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

"That was a poor, poor performance". In addition, Comey wrote a memo detailing Trump's comments to him in February saying "I hope you can let this go", referring to the Flynn probe, a source who saw the memo said on Tuesday.

Johnson said his biggest concern was that the special counsel's probe would be "never ending".

Are there more Comey memos of conversations he had with President Trump, and just how is this special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the US election going to work anyway?

Following Rosenstein's testimony, a number of Senators came out to take about what happened in the closed-door meeting. Mueller has the ability to take the investigation in nearly any way he sees fit.

The White House Counsel's office represents the presidency, but aides are making the case to Trump that he needs an outside legal team for this probe.

Comey's successor He said he would announce Mr Comey's successor "very soon".

He also told network anchors at the White House on Thursday that appointing a special counsel "hurts the country". "And we have very important things to be doing right now, whether it's trade deals, whether it's military, whether it's stopping nuclear". "We want to bring this great country of ours together". I think it divides the country, I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things.

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.

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he is supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings.

After Comey's firing, Rosenstein initially drew the ire of Democrats on Capitol Hill, but he seemed to have regained some good faith after his appointment of Mueller, a move Democrats had been almost unanimous in supporting. "My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted".

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