At a joint press conference later with Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump said he "respects" the naming of a special counsel but added, "I hate to see anything that divides" the country. Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important".
By Wednesday evening, a Republican source said that the move effectively shut down Congress' intense digging into Comey and his conversations with Trump.
"Everybody, even my enemies, have said there is no collusion", he maintained.
Trump is both publicly and privately stewing about Rosenstein's decision to name a special counsel.
Justice Department officials said Mueller would likely conduct his investigation nearly entirely independent of Congress.
But Democrats want assurance that Trump won't intervene in the investigation.
This we know: The Russians maliciously interfered.
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said that Rosenstein told the senators that he knew on Monday, the day before Comey was sacked, that Trump was going to fire him.
Trump has never been one to shy away from prejudging the outcome of investigations.
The memo focuses on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director's decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures.
So while the White House claims Trump based his decision on the recommendations of Rosenstein and Sessions, Rosenstein says he only wrote his memo after learning-on May 8-that Comey was going to be fired.
The next major event was the news that Trump had asked Comey during a meeting in the Oval Office to drop the investigation of Michael T. Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser. And he prepared for meetings with Trump meticulously, concerned that the businessman president who has no previous political experience in Washington or with the law would push against legal and ethical guardrails.
Trump later revealed to NBC News that he thought of Comey as a "showboat" and "grandstander", and felt his inquiry was part of a "made-up story" - contradicting what his top aides had told reporters earlier in the week that the firing had nothing to do with Russian Federation. Great and famous prosecutors are measured by whom they convict and how many scalps they take.
The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, first stop on his first foreign trip as president.
"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said on Wednesday to the graduating class of the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Trump's propensity to discuss the case and Comey's firing have only introduced more complications.
Comey was then fired by Trump as the investigation continued.
Bernazzani said Mueller transformed the Federal Bureau of Investigation into a top intelligence agency after 9/11, and he said his reputation is unquestioned.
"He would be a hard client to serve", Baron said.
He called the probe a "witch hunt" and "totally ridiculous" Thursday afternoon. That's my first rule.
"I wrote it. I believe it".
The week offered a preview of how the distractions for the White House, combined with Trump's disdain for scripted protocols, could leave the president ill-prepared for his debut overseas. "You can't", said Graham, lamenting that "one of the biggest losers of this decision is public access". Several have said they have not seen evidence of collusion, but that's not to say they are satisfied it did not happen. A spokesman said on the same day that "the president's economic agenda of serious tax reform, slashing burdensome regulations, rebuilding our infrastructure and negotiating fairer trade deals is adding jobs".
Other presidents have faced similar investigations - at times raging behind the scenes - but none had a Twitter account that made their moments of self-pity and anger so public.
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