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CNN's Chris Cuomo: Trump's Clear Intent To Influence Russian Investigation

20 Mai 2017

The Justice Department on May 17, 2017, appointed Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Zeidenberg says he agrees with the wide array of Congress members who believe appointing the special counsel was the correct move to further the investigation following the firing of FBI director James Comey. I think it shows division, and it shows that we're not together as a country. "I think that opportunity has been lost, maybe for the greater good".

"They will govern with constant fear of bombshell news being around the corner", said Julian Zelizer, a history professor at Princeton University. I think we have a very divided country because of that and many of other things. "Zero", he told the news conference, standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Once again, Trump's tweets on Thursday saw him stake out a radical departure from the official White House line on an important issue, a habit that has repeatedly undermined his press operation in recent days, and made it even more hard for his administration to move on from a string of self-imposed crises.

"I'm fine with whatever people want to do", he added. These included being appointed to serve as USA attorney for the northern district of California under Bill Clinton in 1998, and overseeing the criminal division of the justice department as an assistant attorney general under George HW Bush.

In a statement released after Mueller's appointment was announced, Trump said: "As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity". Trump wrote on Thursday morning. What is your response to the president calling this the greatest witch hunt ever and saying that all the illegal acts by Hillary Clinton during the campaign and in the Obama administration did not warrant the same?

The president repeated his belief that the controversy over the interference and possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign was baseless.

Rosenstein's memo was written after a May 8 meeting between Trump and Rosenstein at the White House. He has served presidents of both political parties and, after taking the director job days before the September 11 attacks, oversaw the FBI's terrorism-fighting efforts over the next decade. Now Mueller will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges.

A look at the powers and limits of Robert Mueller's new job as special counsel looking at possible links between Russian Federation and Trump campaign associates.

Durbin says Rosenstein told senators at a closed briefing Thursday that he "learned of the president's decision to fire him (Comey) and then he wrote his memo with his rationale".

Granted, Mueller isn't totally independent; he has to answer to Rosenstein. "I urge Mr Mueller to follow the facts wherever they may lead - with integrity and independence".

Alexander likewise said the bipartisan U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence "should also continue its investigation and that should include a public hearing with former FBI Director James Comey sooner rather than later". He's repeatedly panned both the FBI investigation and concurrent probes on Capitol Hill as a "hoax". Kenneth Starr was appointed in 1994 to investigate the Whitewater land deal, and his probe morphed into the Monica Lewinsky affair and Bill Clinton's impeachment by the House four years later over perjury and obstruction of justice.

Clapper said this week that while a report he issued in January did not uncover collusion, he did not know at the time that the FBI was digging deeply into "potential political collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians" and he was unaware of what the bureau might have found. Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr indicated at one point that Flynn was resisting the committee's document subpoenas, but later clarified that he hadn't actually heard from Flynn's lawyer to that effect and he would welcome "their willingness to cooperate".

CNN's Chris Cuomo: Trump's Clear Intent To Influence Russian Investigation